Saturday, April 09, 2005
L'Osservatore Romano picture of the coffin of Pope John Paul II inside the crypt. This is the three-layered coffin you will have heard about. The cypress casket of the funeral was placed inside a zinc coffin, which was in turn placed inside this fir coffin.
The crypt belonged to Blessed Pope John XXIII before that Pope was disinterred and reburied inside the Basilica above when he was declared "Blessed" by Pope John Paul II.