100,000 pay respect to Pope Benedict since yesterday morning

St Peter's Basilica

More than 100,000 mourners have passed through St Peter’s Basilica since yesterday morning to pay respect to the late Pope Benedict XVI.

The crowds so far have exceeded expectations, and many prayed and shared their stories of memories of the Pope as they queued or reflected on his life.

The former Pontiff died aged 95 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery at 9.34am on Saturday. Benedict was the first pope in 600 years to resign, is now lying in state in St Peter’s Basilica through January 4th.

Some well-known writers and commentators credited Benedict with deepening their faith or bringing them to the Catholic Church. .

While for some Irish commentators, more light-hearted memories contrasted with the harrowing experiences of a young Pope Benedict in Germany.

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