Time-lapse shows thousands of people gathering to attend funeral of Pope Benedict XVI

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About 100,000 Catholics have gathered at St Peter's Square for the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday. Benedict, the first pope to resign from the post in 600 years, died aged 95 on Saturday. He became pontiff in 2005 replacing John Paul II and stepped down in 2013. Pope Francis became the first pope in modern history of the church to oversee the burial of his predecessor. Pope Benedict spent three days lying in state at St Peter’s Basilica, where mourners were able to pay tribute to him. Subscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ► http://bit.ly/guardianwiressub The Guardian publishes independent journalism, made possible by supporters. Contribute to The Guardian today ► https://bit.ly/3uhA7zg Sign up to the Guardian's free new daily newsletter, First Edition ► http://theguardian.com/first-edition Website ► https://www.theguardian.com Facebook ►https://www.facebook.com/theguardian Twitter ► https://twitter.com/guardian Instagram ► https://instagram.com/guardian The Guardian on YouTube: The Guardian ► https://bit.ly/guardiannewssubs Guardian Australia ► https://bit.ly/guardianaussubs Guardian Football ► https://bit.ly/gdnfootballsubs Guardian Sport ► https://bit.ly/gdnsportsubs Guardian Live ► https://bit.ly/guardianlivesubs #Pope #PopeBenedict #Catholic #CatholicChurch #Christianity #News
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