Image: Scalia's casket is carried into the church during the procession.

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Antonin Scalia Honored at Funeral Attended by Family and Dignitaries

Mourners gathered Saturday at the nation's largest Catholic church to pay their final respects to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Pallbearers carry the casket of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia up the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, on Feb. 20, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Scalia's sons and sons-in-law served as pallbearers to carry his flag-draped casket into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a funeral Mass honoring the late jurist who died unexpectedly last weekend.

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Image: Pallbearers carry the casket of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia into his funeral mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

In a hallowed place where popes have prayed and pilgrims have flocked, mourners gathered Saturday at the nation's largest Catholic church to pay their final respects to Scalia.

Scalia's casket arrived at the basilica after he lay in repose at the Supreme Court on Friday, where thousands of visitors came to honor one of the country's most influential conservatives.

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Image: Family members of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia arrive for his funeral

Family members of Scalia arrive for his funeral.

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Image: A clergy member walks out of security screening prior to the funeral services

A clergy member walks out of security screening prior to the funeral services.

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Image: Pallbearers carry the casket of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Scalia's casket arrived at the basilica after he lay in repose at the Supreme Court on Friday, where thousands of visitors came to honor one of the country's most influential conservatives.

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Image: Ted Cruz attends Scalia's funeral

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, takes his seat prior to the funeral. Cruz interrupted his campaign ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primary to attend the Mass. The Texas senator has been among those urging the Senate not to consider replacing Scalia until after the November presidential election. Obama has insisted that he will nominate a successor.

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Image: Former Vice President Dick Cheney, front left, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, center rear, greet other mourners before the funeral.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, front left, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, center rear, greet other mourners before the funeral. Dignitaries including Vice President Joe Biden, Cheney, members of Congress and all eight sitting justices of the Supreme Court were among those attending.

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Image: Scalia's casket is carried into the church during the procession.

Scalia's casket is carried into the church during the procession.

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Image: Guests look to the procession during Scalia's funeral

Guests look to the procession during the funeral mass.

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Image: Justice Clarence Thomas reads during the funeral Mass for Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who shared Scalia's conservative judicial leaning, read a passage from the New Testament's Book of Romans.

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Image: The Rev. Fr Paul Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

Scalia's son Paul — a Catholic priest — led the service and mixed humor with reverence for the conservative icon and father of nine who died unexpectedly last weekend.

"Sure he forgot our names at times or mixed them up, but there are nine of us," Scalia told thousands of mourners at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

"He loved us and sought to show that love and sought to share the blessing of the faith he treasured," Scalia said.

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Image: The crucifix leads the recession out of the Basilica

Scalia was remembered Saturday as a man who loved God, country and family, capping two days of mourning for a jurist who left a long and sometimes provocative legacy on the U.S.

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Image: Scalia's family follows his casket after the funeral

Maureen McCarthy Scalia follows her husband's casket as it is lead out of the church after the funeral Mass.

The family departed for a private burial at an undisclosed site immediately after the Mass.

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Image: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts leads the justices of the court out of the funeral mass for fellow Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts leads the justices of the court out of the funeral mass.

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