The bells rang in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and in cities world wide as leaders from Japan to Russia eulogized the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIwho died early on Saturday on the age of 95.
The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, issued an announcement on Saturday morning.
“The human household mourns the dying of this realized, clever and holy man who spoke the reality with love. … The Church household particularly mourns his dying, whereas being grateful for the present that he was pastor and a holy father.”
Dolan mentioned the archbishop had fond recollections of the pope’s 2008 go to to New York.
“I personally really feel the loss as a result of he was so encouraging and appointed me Archbishop of New York and made me a cardinal. Religion and cause, the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, whom we bear in mind with reverence, love and gratitude.”
Benedict XVI died at 9:34 am native time On the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery within the Vatican. The response to him was on the spot all around the world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin known as Pope Benedict XVI “an impressive non secular determine and statesman [and[ a staunch defender of traditional Christian values.”
During Benedict’s papacy, full diplomatic relations were established between Russia and the Vatican, and relations built between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter that the Benedict’s teaching was a “guide post among the many winding and deceptive paths of contemporary world.”
Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cited what he called “the great contributions” Pope Benedict made toward world peace, mentioning in particular a message Benedict sent after the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster that greatly uplifted the people of Japan.
Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins said, “at this time of the return of war on our continent and in so many areas of the world, he will be remembered for his untiring efforts to find a common path in promoting peace and goodwill throughout the world, including a steadfast interest in peace in Northern Ireland.”
In Rome, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella said his country is grieving the loss of “his sweetness and his wisdom [which] benefited us and the whole worldwide group.”