Recently deceased Pope Benedict XVI, emeritus and the Vatican requested that President Joe Biden not attend Benedict’s funeral, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.
The U.S. will send Joe Donnelly, ambassador of the Holy See, “in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican. This is what their requests were. This is what their wishes were,” Jean-Pierre said when asked if Biden will attend the funeral Thursday in St. Peter’s Square.
The funeral is drawing heads of state and royalty despite Benedict’s request for simplicity and Vatican efforts to keep the first Vatican funeral low-key for an emeritus Pope in modern times.
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