Pilgrims Can Now Pray at Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Tomb

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Pilgrims can now pray at Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s tomb.

On Sunday, the Vatican opened the Crypt of the Popes for pilgrims to visit.

To access the Crypt, pilgrims enter St. Peter’s Basilica and go to the central point—the Altar of Confession, which covers the remains of St. Peter. This altar is covered by Bernini’s majestic “baldacchino.”

Then, pilgrims head down a flight of stairs to reach the Crypt of the Popes, where the Pope emeritus and several of his predecessors are buried.