We offer our prayers as we grieve the passing of the life of a humble man, Josef Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – who faithfully upheld the Holy Scriptures and shepherded the vast flock entrusted to his care by our Loving Father in Heaven. See the Archdiocese of New York (archny.org) and Cardinal Dolan’s statement:
Statement of Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the Passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
By: Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, released the following statement today after learning of the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, released the following statement today after learning of the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
“The human family grieves the passing of this erudite, wise, and holy man, who spoke the truth with love;
The family of the Church especially mourns his death, while grateful for the gift he was of a good shepherd and Holy Father;
This archdiocese remembers with love his pastoral visit here in 2008;
I personally sense the loss as he was so encouraging, and appointed me Archbishop of New York and nominated me a Cardinal.
Faith and reason, the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, whom we remember with reverence, love, and gratitude.
I ask every parish in the archdiocese to offer a Mass for the Good Lord’s mercy upon his gracious soul, and in thanksgiving for his vocation as Successor of St. Peter.
May the angels lead him into paradise!”