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Pope Francis honors Pope Benedict XVI.

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Pope Francis named former Pope Benedict XVI, in his first public statement since the death of his predecessor last Saturday, as a noble and kind man who was a gift to the Church and the world. “We remember him with such a noble, very friendly feeling, and we feel a deep sense of gratitude to God for giving God to the church and the world,” Francis said. Political and religious leaders around the world paid tribute to him after the death of Pope Benedict XVI was announced on Saturday. A devoted Catholic, President Joe Biden, who surprised the Roman Catholic Church nearly a decade ago when he retired, said the Pope was “guided by his lifelong devotion to the Church and remembered as a prominent theologian.” Confidence”. “May his dedication to philanthropy continue to be an inspiration to all of us,” he added. The King expressed his “deep grief” over Benedict’s death in a message to his successor, Pope Francis, as head of the Church of England.

Benedict became the second pope in history to visit Britain in 2010 to meet the Queen and deliver a historic address at Westminster Hall. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was saddened by the news of Benedict’s death and recalled his visit to the UK in 2010 as “a historic moment for our Catholics and non-Catholics”. Labor leader Kier Starmer also said Benedict’s visit was “historic and enjoyable”. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the former Pope’s visit to Scotland was “special”. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said that Benedict was “a giant of faith and reason…a Christian, a pastor, and a theologian.
He is a great figure that history will never forget. ” French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “with France and Catholics around the world”. Benedict “worked with all his soul and intellect for a more fraternal world,” he added. We remain resolute in defending peace and human rights,” he said.

“He was a spiritual leader to millions of people around the world and he was one of the leading scholarly theologians of our time,” he added. “His powerful call for solidarity with marginalized people everywhere and his urgent appeal to close the widening gap between rich and poor are more relevant than ever.” The floor was more critical. In a statement, groups advocating for women’s equality with men within the church said:
“Sadly, Pope Benedict represented an all-male, clerical, hierarchical church that forbade women to even talk about the ordination of women. act, going so far as to define an excommunicable offense during his tenure as pope as a felony equivalent to the sexual abuse of a clergyman.” The CWO said it prayed for his soul’s rest, but said: “to all the victims of the clerical abuses catalyzed by his death and to women around the world who continue to be denied vocations to the Catholic priesthood.” Pray for us. Blocked.”

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