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Benedict XVI funeral draws estimated 100,000 Catholics to St Peter’s Square

National leaders and royals among those gathered to see Pope Francis bury his predecessor

An estimated 100,000 Catholics descended on St Peter’s Square for the funeral of the former pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict died on Saturday, aged 95, almost a decade after becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign. He now also becomes the first former pontiff in the modern history of the Catholic church to be buried by an incumbent pope, Francis, who arrived outside St Peter’s Basilica in a wheelchair on Thursday.

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