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Francis' Funeral Homily Upsets Benedict Supporters

Some find sermon generic, though the pope emeritus had requested simplicity

(Newser) - "You could have given the same homily for anybody, any cardinal, any bishop or even the butcher next door." "It was almost as if Pope Francis had gone to his files and looked under the file 'funeral homily.'" "He could have delivered this...

Crowds Descend on Vatican to Pay Final Respects to Benedict

Body of late pope emeritus to lie in state through Wednesday; funeral is on Thursday

(Newser) - Thousands are converging upon the Vatican to say their final goodbyes to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died Saturday at the age of 95. Monday is the first day in which the faithful can visit St. Peter's Basilica to view Benedict lying in state, where he'll be for...

Benedict's Worsening Health Spurs Questions of What's Next

Vatican hasn't published rituals, procedures to follow when a pope emeritus dies

(Newser) - The Vatican has detailed rituals and procedures to follow when a pope dies, but it hasn't published such rules for a pope emeritus. As a result, official word Wednesday that the health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had worsened prompted questions about what happens if and when he dies....

Rapper Takeoff to Get Big Send-Off
Rapper Takeoff
to Get Big Send-Off

Rapper Takeoff to Get Big Send-Off

Funeral will be held Friday at Atlanta's State Farm Arena

(Newser) - Takeoff will get quite the sendoff. A funeral for the rapper, who was shot dead at a Houston bowling alley a week ago, will be held Friday at Atlanta's State Farm Arena, home to the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, which can hold some 20,000 people, TMZ reports. Kirshnik...

6 Wounded Outside Funeral for Shooting Victim

Investigators look for a connection to the death of 20-year-old earlier this month

(Newser) - The funeral for a 20-year-old shooting victim was interrupted Friday by gunfire outside a Pittsburgh church. Six people were wounded, one critically, in the Brighton Heights neighborhood during the service at Destiny of Faith Church, police said. The funeral of John James Hornezes Jr. was livestreamed, and viewers saw mourners...

Abe's $12M State Funeral May Have Spurred Self-Immolation

Man set himself on fire near Japanese prime minister's office in Tokyo

(Newser) - A man set himself on fire outside the Japanese prime minister's office in apparent protest of a state funeral for the assassinated ex-leader Shinzo Abe. It happened on Wednesday, on what would've been Abe's 68th birthday. The elderly man, initially found unconscious with burns to his entire...

UK Channel Showed Terrible Film Instead of Queen's Funeral

Channel 5 decided abysmally rated 'Emoji Movie' would be a good substitute for royal coverage

(Newser) - Although it was expected that almost every channel in the UK would air some kind of coverage about Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, offering a look at her funeral or her life in general, EW.com notes it also "makes sense" that Channel 5 decided to opt out of...

Palace Releases New Details of Queen's Funeral

Representatives from Russia will not be among 2K guests at Westminster Abbey

(Newser) - In London, Queen Elizabeth II is lying in state at Westminster Hall, and the queue of people waiting to pay their respects is currently more than 4 miles long. More than a million people are expected to file past her coffin in the coming days—but her state funeral will...

The Queen Now Lies in State, and the Line Grows and Grows

Her coffin has been moved to Westminster, where it will remain until Monday

(Newser) - The queen has left Buckingham Palace for the last time. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin was on Wednesday taken from the palace to Westminster Hall, where she will lie in state until 6:30am local time Monday, the day of her funeral. King Charles III led the procession behind the...

Palace Announces Mourning Schedule
Palace Sets Date
for Queen's Funeral
the rundown

Palace Sets Date for Queen's Funeral

Westminster service will be Sept. 19

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth's state funeral will take place on Sept. 19, at Westminster Abbey in London, officials announced Saturday. "We will carry out our duty over the coming days with the heaviest of hearts, but also with the firmest of resolve to ensure a fitting farewell to one of...

Biden: I'm Going to Queen's Funeral

President met Elizabeth three times, including for tea at Windsor

(Newser) - President Biden told reporters Friday that he will attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in London. "I don't know what the details are yet, but I'll be going," the president said, per USA Today . Buckingham Palace has not released a schedule yet, but the service is...

Family Wants Answers After Officers Kill Pallbearer

Witnesses say officers called Jason Arnie Owens' name and shot him dead

(Newser) - Jason Arnie Owens helped carry his father’s casket to the hearse, then turned to embrace a relative. He never made it to the cemetery. As mourners gathered outside a Nutter Fort, West Virginia, funeral home on Aug. 24, two plainclothes officers with a fugitive warrant swooped in from separate...

Thousands Mourn Gorbachev and a More Open Society

Moscow ceremony turns out to be essentially a state funeral

(Newser) - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched sweeping changes that helped end the Cold War and precipitated the breakup of the Soviet Union, was buried Saturday after a farewell ceremony attended by thousands of mourners but snubbed by Russian President Vladimir Putin . The Kremlin's refusal to formally declare a...

She Tried to Sell JJ Watt Merch to Raise Money. Watt Responded

Arizona Cardinals player steps up to help woman fundraising for grandfather's funeral

(Newser) - A sports fan who tried to hawk some of her JJ Watt merch to help pay for her grandfather's funeral ended up hearing from the Arizona Cardinals defensive end himself. Jennifer Simpson's Wednesday tweet noted that she hoped to sell a Watt-branded jersey from when he played for...

Trump Attends Ivana's Funeral: 'This Will Not Be Easy!!!'

Former president took to Truth Social before joining his eldest kids in NYC

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump paid respects to his first wife, Ivana Trump, joining their three children Wednesday at a funeral Mass for the 1980s style icon and businesswoman who helped him build an empire that launched him to the presidency. "A very sad day, but at the same time...

Final Victim of Uvalde Shooting, 'Sweetest Little Boy, Is Buried

Families, community have a long process ahead of them, experts say

(Newser) - Funeral services were held Saturday for Uziyah Garcia, 10, the final victim of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, to be buried. The funeral took place at Immanuel Baptist Church in San Angelo, where the boy lived until last year, the Dallas Morning News reports. Nineteen children and two teachers...

Hundreds Mourn 'Loss for Ukraine'
Hundreds Mourn
'Loss for Ukraine'

Hundreds Mourn 'Loss for Ukraine'

Roman Ratushnyi, 24, was an activist and soldier

(Newser) - Poppies, the blood-red flowers that cover the battlefields of Europe's two world wars, were lain in mourning Saturday on the coffin of yet another dead soldier, this one killed in yet another European war, in Ukraine. The hundreds of mourners for Roman Ratushnyi, 24, included friends who had protested...

Gunfire Rang Out During the Burial Service. 2 Were Hit

A juvenile was among the injured after shooting at funeral in Racine, Wis.

(Newser) - Update: After murky initial reports, police now confirm to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that two people at a cemetery in Racine, Wisconsin, were hit when gunfire rang out during a burial service on Thursday. Sgt. Kristi Wilcox tells TMJ4 that one of the injured individuals was flown to a Milwaukee...

Israel Begins Investigation of Police Actions at Funeral

Officers beat mourners during procession for Al Jazeera journalist

(Newser) - Update: Israeli police announced Saturday they're investigating the actions of officers during a journalist's funeral that became violent. International criticism of the officers, who attacked pallbearers trying to reach a church in Jerusalem, has been widespread since the confrontation Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. President Biden is...

Many Families Aren't Applying for COVID Funeral Funds

Some are struggling with FEMA's strict documentation requirements

(Newser) - In March last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency launched a program to reimburse families for funerals for loved ones who died from COVID-19. With daily deaths currently at an average of well over 2,000, it is still a benefit needed by far too many families, but it is...

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