The Diocese of Orange has released a statement regarding the recent passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The former head of the Catholic Church passed away at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Saturday, Dec. 31.
We ask all people of goodwill to unite in prayer as we mourn the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and pray for the repose of his soul. As Holy Father, he led the Church with humility, strength, wisdom and a strong witness to the value and dignity of the human person. He will be remembered as one of the most brilliant theologians in recent Church history who led the Church during challenging times with the utmost compassion. May we give thanks to the Lord for his example and witness and pray for his eternal peace.