Catholics gathered at Holy Family Basilica to pay tribute to Pope Benedict XVI.

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Mass in honor of Pope Benedict XVI was held at Holy Family Basilica on Thursday, and many believers showed up.

Nearly ten years after stepping down due to health issues, Pope died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 95 at his home at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.

Cardinal Appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya Numerous Catholic priests were present, including the Most Reverend Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen, Archbishop Philip Anyolo of the Nairobi Catholic Archdiocese, and Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi.

Several government leaders signed the condolence book once the service was over.

On Monday, his remains were laid to rest in an open coffin at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, where visitors will be able to pay their respects until 7 p.m. each night.

His resignation in 2013 made him the first pope to do so in six centuries, and since then he has mostly avoided the public eye, with just a few images appearing that reveal him to be physically weak.

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