Pope Francis reveals he doesn’t want to be BURIED in Vatican like other popes

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Pope Francis has chosen not to be buried in St Peter’s Basilica alongside his immediate predecessors.

He revealed in an interview broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 13, that he wants to be buried in a basilica in Rome.

Where Pope Francis wants to be buried

‘The place is already prepared. I want to be buried in Santa Maria Maggiore,’ the pontiff, who turns 87 this weekend, told Mexican broadcaster Televisa’s N+ streaming service.

In the same interview, he revealed he planned to visit Belgium in 2024, and also hoped to visit his native Argentina and Polynesia.

Francis’s decision means he would become the first pope to be buried outside the Vatican for more than 100 years.

The last to eschew a tomb in St Peter’s was Leo XIII, who died in 1903. His remains lie in the basilica of St John the Lateran in Rome.

Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the four papal basilicas in Rome, and one with which Francis said he felt a ‘special connection’.

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He would often go there on a Sunday while visiting Rome before becoming pope. Since his election in 2013, he prays there before and after taking a trip, and has also prayed there after undergoing surgery.

Seven popes have previously been laid to rest in the basilica, according to the Vatican News official media outlet.

The pontiff has suffered from increasing health issues in recent years, and was forced to cancel a visit to COP28 climate talks in Dubai due to bronchitis.

Why Benedict XVI stepped down

In his interview recorded on Tuesday, in which he appeared much better, he paid tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI for having had ‘the courage’ to step down when his health was failing him.

The German pontiff in 2013 became the first pope since the Middle Ages to resign.

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