Through a statement, this Saturday, December 31, the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua mourned the death of the emeritus pope Benedict XVI.
“(…) in the face of the sensitive death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we raise prayers to the good God, so that he may receive into his Kingdom whoever was his faithful servant in this world,” said the Catholic hierarchs.
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“We urge all the faithful priests, consecrated and lay people of our Ecclesiastical Province to unite in prayer for the eternal rest of Pope Benedict,” they added.
The CEN attached to its condolences, a letter from Benedict XVI: «In view of the hour of judgment, the grace of being a Christian becomes evident to me. Being a Christian gives me knowledge and, even more, friendship with the judge of my life and allows me to cross the dark door of death with confidence.
Benedict XVI died today, Saturday, December 31, at the age of 95, in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican, where he had resided since his historic resignation from the pontificate in 2013, the Holy See confirmed in a statement.
The hierarch had decided to spend these moments in his stay at the monastery where he has resided since his historic resignation from the papacy, announced on February 11, 2013 and consummated on the 28th of that same month, the first time in six centuries, since the time of Gregory. XII.
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After learning of his situation, numerous faithful had gathered in different dioceses and temples around the world to pray for him, following the instructions of Francisco.
Since April 2, 2013, Ratzinger has lived surrounded by his Vatican “family”, made up of his secretary, a doctor, a nurse and four consecrated lay women from the “Memores Domini” institute, which belongs to the Communion and Liberation movement, which they distribute the housework and take care of the needs of the emeritus pope.