World leaders salute the memory of Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI (archives).
Reactions from political and religious leaders are pouring in from around the world on Saturday after the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the monastery in the Vatican Gardens, where he had retired.
“It pains me to announce that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, died today at 9:34 a.m., at the Mater Ecclesiæ monastery, in the Vatican “, announced in a press release the director of the press service of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni.
The German theologian – born Joseph Ratzinger – had deteriorated in health in recent days, but the Vatican said on Friday that his condition was stable and that he had attended Mass in his room on Thursday.
Pope Francis will preside over the funeral of Benedict XVI on Thursday, January 5 at the Vatican. His body will be exposed from Monday morning in the solemn setting of Saint Peter's Basilica to allow the faithful to greet him.
It should be noted that the event is unprecedented in the two thousand year history of the Catholic Church, since it is the first time that the funeral of a former pope has been celebrated.
The ceremony will be held in the presence of tens of thousands of faithful, as well as heads of state and government. The former pope will then be buried in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica.
Former Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis paid tribute to his predecessor during a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
We fondly remember his noble, kind person. And we feel so much gratitude in our hearts, said the Argentine pope, who also highlighted the sacrifices for the good of the Church made by Benedict XVI.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, a far-right Catholic leader, praised the memory of a giant of faith and reason.
J& #x27;expressed to the Holy Father Francis my participation and that of the government in his pain and that of the entire ecclesial community, she said in a statement.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed the Pope's memory, praising his tenacious commitment to non-violence and peace.
His powerful calls for solidarity with marginalized people everywhere and his exhortations to narrow the growing gap between rich and poor are more relevant than ever, the UN chief stressed.
Antonio Guterres is the Secretary General of the United Nations.
French President Emmanuel Macron has praised the former pope's efforts for a more fraternal world.
My thoughts are with Catholics in France and the world, bereaved by the departure of His Holiness Benedict XVI, who worked with soul and intelligence for a more fraternal world, tweeted the Head of State.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the world was losing a defining figure in the Catholic Church after former Pope Benedict XVI passed away on Saturday at the age of 95.
As the "German" pope, Benedict XVI was for many, and not just in this country, a particular leader of the Church, Scholz said on his twitter account, also calling him a combative personality and an intelligent theologian.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was saddened by the death of Benedict XVI, whom he called a great theologian.
I am saddened to learn of the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He was a great theologian whose visit to the UK in 2010 was a historic moment for Catholics and non-Catholics in our country, the British leader tweeted, while the Anglican Church said pray in memory of the former pope.
Olaf Scholz is the German Chancellor.
Polish President, Andrzej Duda , recalled that Joseph Ratzinger had been a close collaborator of Saint John Paul II, the Polish pope who died in 2005 and succeeded him.
The world has lost one of the greatest theologians of the 20th and 21st centuries, a close associate of Saint John Paul II, his Polish predecessor in the Vatican, the country's traditionally head of state said on Twitter. committed to the Catholic faith.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recalled that Benedict XVI had sent a strong signal with his resignation, stating that he saw himself himself first and foremost as a servant of God and his Church. When his physical capacity declined, he continued to serve, through his prayers.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also reacted on Twitter. I express my sincere condolences to Pope Francis, the hierarchy and the faithful of the Catholic Church around the world with the death of Pope Benedict XVI, an eminent theologian, intellectual and promoter of universal values, said Mr. Zelensky.
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King Charles III, head of the Church of England, greeted the news with deep sadness. I remember his constant efforts to promote peace and goodwill among all peoples, and to strengthen relations between the worldwide Anglican Community and the Roman Catholic Church, said the ruler of 15 states including the Kingdom -Uni.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, also saluted the memory of Benedict XVI, calling him one of the greatest theologians of his time.
Pope Benedict XVI was one of the greatest theologians of his time, attached to the faith of the Church and faithful to its defense, said Justin Welby, underlining the courageous and humble resignation of Benedict XVI, who recognized the human fragility that affects us all.
Kirill I, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill 1er, paid tribute to former Pope Benedict XVI, celebrating an eminent theologian and defender of traditional values, a concept dear to President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian President also reacted by saluting a defender of traditional Christian values.
Benedict XVI was an eminent religious and state figure, a defender convinced of traditional Christian values, he wrote in a message of condolence to Pope Francis, broadcast by the Kremlin.
I will forever keep fond memories of him, added the head of the Russian state.
With information from AFP
With information from Agence France-Presse