Benedict XVI Prays for Deceased Popes

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 2, 2006 ( Benedict XVI went down to the Vatican Grottoes on All Souls Day to pray in private for a few moments for the Popes buried there and for all the dead.

The Vatican Grottoes, located under St. Peter's Basilica, are the burial sites of several Popes, including Paul VI and John Paul II.

Benedict XVI went to pray around 6 p.m. local time today.

Not all Popes are buried in the Grottoes. Some had special dispositions, such as Leo XIII, who died in 1903, who chose the Basilica of St. John Lateran as his burial place.