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Willy Herteller died on December 12, 2014 at a hospital near the Vatican. He was buried at this cemetery within the Vatican on January 9th. Herteller was a homeless person well known around St. Peter's Square.

The Pope personally allowed him he be buried at the Teutonic cemetery, which is located between St. Peter's Basilica and Paul VI Hall. It's a centuries-old graveyard, and Herteller will rest among princes and knights.

He is the first homeless person buried there. Herteller was a friend of Archbishop Americo Ciani. And so Ciani asked the Pope if his friend could be buried in that cemetery. After Pope Francis consented, the archbishop chaired the funeral.

Willy Herteller was 80 and survived off charity in St. Peter's Square.


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