In honour of former Pope Benedict, Guterres calls him “tireless” in his pursuit of peace

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Guterres calls him "tireless" in his pursuit of peace

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Sunday, January 01, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • His passing was announced by Secretary-General António Guterres, who called him a “humble man of prayer and study” and said he learned of it “with profound grief.

  • Pope Benedict XVI, originally Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was elected to the papacy in 2005.

  • He was the first pope to abdicate in six centuries.

  • According to a Vatican announcement, the famous German theologian’s funeral will be held in St. Peter’s Square.

  • According to news reports, Benedict’s body will rest in St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday, allowing faithful Catholics to pay their respects.

His passing was announced by Secretary-General António Guterres, who called him a “humble man of prayer and study” and said he learned of it “with deep grief.”

Advocate for human rights

“He was a spiritual guide for millions worldwide and one of the top academic theologians of our time.” He was strong in his faith, worked hard to find peace, and fought for people’s rights.

Pope Benedict XVI, originally Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was elected to the papacy in 2005. He was the first pope to abdicate in six centuries. According to a Vatican announcement, the famous German theologian’s funeral will be held in St. Peter’s Square.

In a New Year’s Eve service at the Vatican, his successor, Pope Francis, said that Benedict would be remembered with emotion because “we remember his person, so noble, so kind.” And we are very grateful in our hearts.

Visiting the UN’s main office

Mr. Guterres referred to the former pope’s 2008 visit to the UN’s headquarters and his call for “developing international relations in a way that allows every person and every person to feel they can make a difference.”

The head of the UN says that his urgent calls to close the growing gap between rich and poor and his passionate pleas for solidarity with poor people worldwide are more critical than ever.

Pope Benedict XVI Meets United Nations Staff during his visit to the United Nations Headquarters in April 2008. (File Photo).

During his visit to the UN headquarters in April 2008, Pope Benedict XVI met with UN employees. (File Picture)

“Stronger dedication to nonviolence”

The Secretary-General sent his deepest condolences to all Catholics and “those around the world who were inspired by his life of prayer and dogged dedication to nonviolence and peace,” he said.

According to news reports, Benedict’s body will rest in St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday, allowing faithful Catholics to pay their respects.

Since 1951, when he was made an archbishop, Benedict has been in charge of both Munich and Freising. Four years later, he became a strong enforcer at the Vatican. He led the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and ensured that the church stayed true to its beliefs.

He quit his job in 2013 because his health was getting worse. He said he did it “for the sake of the church” and moved to a monastery on the grounds of the Vatican to live out the rest of his life.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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