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Special broadcast “Benedict XVI. – End of a pilgrimage” January 5th from 8.30 am on ORF 2

Vienna (OTS) – He started out as a “simple worker in the Lord’s vineyard” and resigned from the papal office after eight years:
Benedict XVI, the first German pope in nearly 500 years, wrote the history of the church. From 2005 to 2013 he was the head of the Catholic Church and thus the largest organized religious community in the world.

On Thursday, January 5, 2023, his successor, Pope Francis, will celebrate a funeral in St. Peter’s Square at 9:30 am for Pope Emeritus, who died on December 31, 2022 at the age of 95. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected in Rome. Then Benedict XVI. interred in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica – the tomb that once held the remains of John Paul II until they were moved to another location in the basilica after his canonization.

ORF 2 reports on Thursday as part of a “ZIB Spezial” from 8.30am, bringing analysis, background reports and interviews to ORF correspondents in Rome and Berlin. From 9:10 am, ORF 2 will broadcast the funeral from Rome live. Studio guests with Susanne Höggerl and Sandra Szabo are Catholic theologian Paul Zulehner and journalist and author Heinz Nußbaumer, who can also report personal encounters with Joseph Ratzinger. At 12:00 noon, Stanislas Kraland’s “crossed” documentary “The Secrets of St. Peter’s Basilica” will be screened.

As part of the ORF.at network – from news.ORF.at to religion.ORF.at – and via the ORF TELETEXT, there is extensive information on the funeral ceremonies of the retired Pope Benedict XVI. reported and recalled his role as Pontifex Maximus in detailed histories. Live broadcasts and video-on-demand offerings for TV reporting are planned at ORF-TVthek. A live stream of the funeral service will also be available via news.ORF.at.

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