Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

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February 28, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue.

Willy Herteleer was well-known by the Swiss Guards keeping watch at St. Anne’s Gate, by local business owners and a number of clergy who brought him food, took him to lunch or treated him to his morning cappuccino, according to news reports.

“He attended 7 o’clock Mass every day for more than 25 years,” Father Bruno Silvestrini, the pastor of the Vatican’s Church of St. Anne, told Vatican Radio.

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