We are saddened to hear about the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Saturday, December 31st. He died peacefully in his place of residence, the Vatican monastery, at the age of 95 and his last words, as recorded by his personal nurse, were “Lord, I love you.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope from April 19, 2005, until his resignation on February 28, 2013. His legacy of love, trust, and compassion will endure long into the future of our global Church.
Pope Francis is presiding over Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral today. Bishop Kettler will be offering a mass for Benedict XVI at 12:05p at St Mary’s Cathedral.
Here is a link to download a prayer card for Pope Benedict XVI: https://www.usccb.org/sites/default/files/2021-08/7-128-Pope-Benedict-XVI-Prayer-Card-2.pdf