Funeral of Benedict XVI: Portugal decrees national mourning on Thursday

Portugal has declared a day of national mourning in memory of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who will be buried on Thursday, the Portuguese presidency announced on Wednesday.

Funeral of Benedict XVI: Portugal decrees national mourning on Thursday

Portugal has declared a day of national mourning in memory of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who will be buried on Thursday, the Portuguese presidency announced on Wednesday.

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President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa "signed the government decree that declares a day of national mourning on January 5, 2023 for the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI", according to a note published on the presidency's website.

The Portuguese head of state, a devout Catholic, will go to the Vatican to attend the funeral of Benedict XVI, who died on Saturday at the age of 95 and whose funeral will be celebrated Thursday at the Vatican by his successor, Pope Francis.

Benedict XVI traveled to Portugal in May 2010, celebrating a mass in front of half a million pilgrims at the shrine of Fatima, in the center of this country with a strong Catholic tradition.

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