Francis mentioned in 2016, that he wants to be buried in the former tomb of John Paul II. Last weekend Benedict XVI said the same.
The sought-after tomb in the crypt of St Peter’s basilica was used for John XXIII (+1963) and then for John Paul II (+2005) but both were transferred into the basilica after their canonisation. In 2016 the tomb was prepared with a new sarcophagus and without inscriptions.
Back then, the former vice-editor of L'Osservatore Romano, Carlo Di Cicco, said that the tomb was prepared for Francis who had asked the Basilica's Cardinal archpriest to prepare that niche for him.
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