We look back in gratitude on the life of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Columban Statement regarding Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Photo: Public Domain

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Photo: Public Domain

At the dawn of 2023, we look back in gratitude not only on the year gone by but also on the life of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who has now completed his pilgrim journey on this earth. We give thanks for his life of dedicated service to the Gospel. As pastor and teacher, he united his towering intellect with a profound love for the Church and its mission. Having prayerfully and patiently borne various crosses throughout his long life, we trust that he now shares in the joy of Christ’s resurrection. Therefore, we can be confident that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will continue to watch over the Church and our troubled world during 2023 and the ages ahead.

May you and all dear to you be greatly blessed throughout 2023.

Columban Fr Tim Mulroy is the Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban and resides in Hong Kong.

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