Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died on Saturday, 31st December 2022 at 9:34 AM in his residence at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery. He was 95 years old.
The Vatican said his remains will stay in the monastery and be put on public display where the faithful can pay their respects over three days in St. Peter’s Basilica starting Monday.
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When will Pope Benedict XVI be buried?
Pope Benedict XVI will be buried on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 9:30 CET(08:30 GMT) in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican.
What Killed Pope Benedict?
Additionally, he had a recent modification to his pacemaker about a month and a half ago to regularize his heartbeats, notwithstanding his old age-he died at 95 years. Pacemaker and kidney failure are unrelated.
In the last few months, Pope Benedict XVI was noticeably very frail, immobile, and unable to speak, though his guests could testify to his mental alertness.
Pope Benedict’s Last Words?
“Jesus, ich liebe dich!” (Jesus, I love you!”)
These were the last words of Pope Benedict XVI, according to his secretary, Archbishop George Ganswein.
Pope Benedict’s Birth Name
Former Pope Benedict XVI birth name was Joseph Ratzinger.
When was Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope?
Joseph Ratzinger was elected to the papacy in 2005.
He chose “Cooperatores Veritatis” (Cooperators of the truth), as his motto.
5 things to know about Pope Benedict XVI
- He was known as the ‘Humble worker in vineyard of the Lord’
- He was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he was a courageous defender of the truth and during his papacy.
- He was a prolific author, theologian and university professor, Ratzinger served as an “expert” at the Second Vatican Council, and was tapped in 1977 by Pope Paul VI to lead the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.
- He was the first pope since 1415 to resign.
- The face of his ring is marked with an “X” to make it unusable. Every Pope has a ring(Fisherman’s ring)- a signet ring specially cast for each new Pope to use for signing documents. It’s destroyed when a Pope dies.
Pope Francis’s tribute to his predecessor
“And speaking of kindness, at this moment, my thought naturally goes to dear Pope emeritus Benedict XVI who left us this morning. We are moved as we recall him as such a noble person, so kind. And we feel such gratitude in our hearts: gratitude to God for having given him to the Church and to the world; gratitude to him for all the good he accomplished, and above all, for his witness of faith and prayer, especially in these last years of his recollected life. Only God knows the value and the power of his intercession, of the sacrifices he offered for the good of the Church.”
Who Announced Benedict’s Death?
The official Papal doctor (Pope Benedict’s personal doctor) confirmed the death of Pope Benedict in the presence of the Cardinal Chamberlain and the Vatican’s Director of health services.
To mark the Pope’s death, the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica toll and rang continuously. Then, throughout the city of Rome, churches joined in spreading the news throughout the Eternal City.
Pope Francis and head of Vatican news made the official announcement to the public.
The Holy See will mourn the Pope as he lies in State from Monday for a period of three days, pilgrims, cardinals, and heads of state to travel to Rome.
Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass for Pope emeritus. It will be a state funeral as the Pope is the Head of the Vatican State. So it’s likely different heads of states and delegations from around the world may come to pay their respects.
Once the funeral Mass is over, the coffin is carried to St. Peter’s Basilica to be laid in its final resting place. There, pilgrims will be able to visit and pray at Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s tomb.
His coffin will be kept in the Vatican crypt. It will be placed in the same area in which St. John XXIII was buried for 38 years and St. John Paul II for 8 years,
Did Pope Benedict XVI predict his death?
Yes, in his own words, he wrote,
“Quite soon, I shall find myself before the final judge of my life. Even though, as I look back on my long life, I can have great reason for fear and trembling, I am nonetheless of good cheer, for I trust firmly that the Lord is not only the just judge, but also the friend and brother who himself has already suffered for my shortcomings, and is thus also my advocate, my “Paraclete.” In light of the hour of judgement, the grace of being a Christian becomes all the more clear to me. It grants me knowledge, and indeed friendship, with the judge of my life, and thus allows me to pass confidently through the dark door of death.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Letter to the Archdiocese of Munich, 8 February 2022.
Pope Benedict XVI Funeral Live Updates
World leaders including President Joe Biden continue to pay tribute to former Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died aged 95.
Official delegations from Italy and Germany-ex Pope’s native home would attend the funeral.
Cardinals and world leaders prepare and plan to attend the funeral slated for Thursday, 5th January 2022 at 9:30 AM CET (08:30 GMT).
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