Southern California clergy pay tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – Archyworldys

Clergymen in Southern California paid tribute to former Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, December 31, after the Vatican announced the 95-year-old’s death.

In the coming days, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gómez, will lead a special mass in the archdiocese “for the faithful to commemorate the life and death of Pope Benedict XVI,” a spokesman said Saturday, with details to be released. know later.

“Our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has gone to heaven. At this moment, while we mourn the loss of him, we celebrate his life, because it was a life dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ,” said Gómez.

“I know there will be more to reflect on this beautiful man and great figure in the Catholic Church of our time. But right now I find myself thanking God for his testimony and remembering the words he spoke in his opening homily: ‘The purpose of our lives is to reveal God to men. And only where God is seen does life truly begin. … There is nothing more beautiful than being surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than knowing him and telling others about our friendship with him,” Gomez’s statement continued.

“May Our Lady wrap you in the mantle of her love, and may the angels take you to paradise, and may you rest in peace.”

Benedict XVI, who was elected pope in 2005 and resigned in 2013 due to ill health, has died after a period of poor health, the Vatican announced Saturday without providing further details about his death. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday in St. Peter’s Square.

Bishop Alberto Rojas of the Diocese of San Bernardino issued a statement saying there is “great sadness in our hearts” upon hearing the news of the former pope’s death.

“As a teacher and defender of Church doctrine, Benedict XVI was a guiding light for the Catholic faithful who sought to fully understand and live their faith in the modern world,” wrote Rojas, whose diocese serves Riverside and San Juan counties. Bernardino. “Fortunately, we have many books, encyclicals, letters and homilies written by Benedict XVI to remind us and enrich us in his legacy.”

Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles and Gomez’s predecessor, also issued a statement Saturday praising Benedict.

“He was a great gift from God to the Church, and his many years as a priest, theologian, archbishop and pope created a tapestry of holiness, wisdom, compassion and integrity,” Mahony said.

“…As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith beginning in 1981, he blended sound theology with compassionate pastoral practice. Throughout the years that he was Prefect I had several occasions to write him a personal, unofficial letter, on some pastoral matter in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He welcomed informal consultations on issues that affect people’s lives without filing a formal case or petition. He saw us as brother bishops and always sent us a fraternal letter offering some possible ways to resolve the matter.