Funeral rites for Pope John Paul
The funeral of Pope John Paul begins with a private ceremony and ends with his coffin placed inside a casket made of zinc and another made of walnut.
An outline of the papal rites includes the following details. At 10 a.m, high-ranking prelates, led by the pope's longtime secretary, place a pouch of medals and a scrolled biography of the pope inside his coffin. A white silk veil is placed over his face. Then the coffin is closed. The two-and-a-half-hour funeral Mass is to be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, deacon of the College of Cardinals.