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On the Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

While I’m saddened by the news of his passing, I consider myself fortunate to have had several opportunities over the decades to meet Pope Benedict. The first time was in the early 2000s when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Years later, after he appointed me as Archbishop of Milwaukee, I received the Pallium from Pope Benedict in Rome. In 2012, I and hundreds of other U.S. bishops met with him during the USCCB’s Ad Limina visit to the Vatican.

I always found Pope Benedict to be quite gracious and humble, despite being the pontiff and the greatest theologian of the century. May he now rest in peace.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. 
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki

Aunque me entristece profundamente la noticia de su fallecimiento, me considero afortunado de haber tenido diversas oportunidades a lo largo de las décadas para conocer al Papa Benedicto. La primera vez fue a principios de la década de los años 2000, cuando era el cardenal Joseph Ratzinger. Años más tarde, después de que me nombró arzobispo de Milwaukee, recibí el palio de manos del Papa Benedicto en Roma. En 2012, yo y cientos de otros obispos estadounidenses nos reunimos con él durante la visita Ad Limina de la USCCB al Vaticano.

Siempre consideré al Papa Benedicto como una persona muy amable y humilde, a pesar de ser el pontífice y el teólogo más grande del siglo. Que ahora descanse en paz.

Dale, Señor el descanso eterno, y brille para él la luz perpetua.
Que su alma y todas las almas de los fieles difuntos, por la misericordia de Dios, descansen en paz.

Arzobispo Jerome E. Listecki


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