Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI Has Gone Home. The Announcement from the Vatican.

The Holy See Press Office announced that the Pope Emeritus died at 9:34 AM on Saturday morning in his residence at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, which the 95-year-old Pope emeritus had chosen as his residence after resigning from the Petrine ministry in 2013.

“With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 AM in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.

 Further information will be provided as soon as possible.  As of Monday morning, 2 January 2023, the body of the Pope Emeritus will be in Saint Peter’s Basilica so the faithful can pay their respects.”

Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2022-12/pope-emeritus-benedict-xvi-dies-aged-95.html

This is the way I will remember him. Never forgotten the image of him opening his arms, smiling and waving in that way only he could.-like he was ready to sit down and play the piano. He was given a brilliant mind yet a humble temperament. The media referred to him as God’s German Shepherd when he actually had one of the gentlest persona’s of Popes in recent memory.He was loved and will be missed. I know as much as the last health report prepared us for his death at any time-i didn’t expect it so soon after.I can’t help but feel incredible sadness. What a loss for the Church. but his writings will continue to prove influential. Let’s keep him and the Church in our prayers.

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