December 31, 2022, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | In Memoriam of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Friends of the Rosary:

Pope Benedict XVI died at the age of 95 on December 31, 2022.

His passing was announced this morning by the Vatican Press Office. “With sorrow, I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.”

On Wednesday, December 28, pope emeritus received the anointing of the sick.

Pope Francis will preside at Benedict XVI’s funeral on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 9:30 am in St. Peter’s Square. From Monday, January 2, the funeral chapel will be open in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Joseph Ratzinger, who would become Pope Benedict XVI, was born on April 16, 1927, in Marktl am Inn, Germany.

On Tuesday, April 19, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected the 265th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, selecting the name Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI Authored Three Encyclicals:

Deus Caritas est (December 25, 2005) – On Christian Love

Spe Salvi (November 30, 2007) – On Christi Hope

Caritas in Veritate (June 29, 2009) – On Integral Human Development

In addition to his Papal letter, exhortations, message, and homilies, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI authored more than 60 books, including the widely read and highly praised three-volume “Jesus of Nazareth” series on the life and teaching of Christ.

He was behind the preparation of the new the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the six years of intense work (1986-92).

On Friday, April 8, Cardinal Ratzinger presided at Holy Mass in St Peter’s Square for the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

“If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One that loves you.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness”

― Pope Benedict XVI

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

+ Mikel A. |, New York