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Funeral of Pope Benedict Begins in St Peter's Square

The funeral service of former Pope Benedict XVI got underway in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Thursday morning, January 5, attended by thousands of mourners.

Footage by Elise Ann Allen, a senior correspondent with Crux, shows the pope’s coffin being carried into St Peter’s Square, and a reading by an Irish woman, given the honor in recognition of her parish work, Irish media said.

Pope Benedict’s funeral began at 8:30 am local time. Pope Francis was scheduled to preside over the Mass.

The former pope died on New Year’s Eve, aged 95. Credit: Elise Ann Allen via Storyful

Video transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

[BELL RINGING]

- So that we have sure hope, and the promise often encourages that can never be spoiled or soiled and never fade away because it has been kept for you in the heavens. Through your faith, God's power guard you until Salvation which has been prepared and revealed at the end of time.

This is a call to bring joy for you, even though you may for a short time have to bear [INAUDIBLE] by all sorts of trials so that when Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will have been tested and proved [INAUDIBLE].