Statement by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on the Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

December 31, 2022

The passing of Pope Benedict XVI marks the loss of one of the world’s greatest theologians and pastors of souls of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Many generations to come will benefit from the breadth and depth of his understanding of our faith tradition and ability to communicate it clearly and effectively, and for those of us who have had the great blessing of interacting with him on a personal level, we will always be inspired by his gentleness, kindness, wit and ability to listen with respect and compassion.  Thank you, God, for Pope Benedict XVI.  May he rest in peace.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco invites you
to watch live the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI greets Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., during an April 21 meeting with bishops from California, Nevada, Hawaii and Utah on their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano) (April 23, 2012) See ADLIMINA-WEST April 16, 2012, and VATICAN-ELEVEN April 23, 2012.

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