“I join Catholics around the world and many others of good will in mourning the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  Even as we grieve his passing, we give thanks to God for his long life of faithful service to the church and to the world.  We remember with particular gratitude his work at the Second Vatican Council, which continues to shape the life of the Church today;  his many theological and spiritual writings; his pastoral care as our Universal Shepherd;  and his humility in resigning the papacy and in his fraternal support of Pope Francis.  I am personally grateful for Benedict XVI appointing me archbishop of Omaha in 2009.  I had the privilege of meeting him on several occasions.  Each time I encountered a supportive father and a benevolent pastor.  May he rest in peace.

‘I ask that prayers be offered in all of our parishes during the coming days for the repose of the soul of the pope emeritus.  All are invited to participate in a Mass for Benedict XVI on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 5:30pm, at St. Cecilia Cathedral.  Masses for the deceased pope are also encouraged in parishes as circumstances permit.”

The Most Reverend George J. Lucas
Archbishop of Omaha