In Memory of . . .
Pope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927 – 31 December 2022
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
KJV Hebrews 11:1
Pope of Hope
Dear young people, the Church depends on you! She needs your lively faith,
your creative charity and
the energy of your hope.
Your presence renews, rejuvenates and gives new energy to the Church.
On "16" April 1927,
A "Blessed Pope"
was sent from
A "Life of Holiness"
"Pope Benedict XVI"
surely did live - a life
with good works,
faith & hope.
Now returned to
Eternity & Welcomed
with Honor! Having
seen and understood
vision of a Heavenly
scope shall continue to
strengthen Humanity's Hope.
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Pope Francis calls Benedict
noble, kind man who was
gift to the world
“It is with emotion that we remember his
person, so noble, so kind. And we
feel in our heart such gratitude,
gratitude to God for having
gifted him to the Church and the world.”
Quote Courtesy, Pope Francis - The Bishop of Rome
The Life of a Child . . . The Future
Bishop of Rome
Did you know that Pope Benedict XVI's birth name was "Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger." On 16 April 1927,
a child was born sent from Heaven.
Even today, there are Children amongst
us of whom we may not know that a
heavenly path has already been
carved for a child to go -
for a child to show -
of Humanity's compassionate
understandings the world should know.
The young Ratzinger was "conscripted"
against his will during World War II. His
defiance against the horrific acts of
Hitler and the Nazis caused
him and his family great
harassments by the
ruling authorities of the time.
Yet in the face of Hitler's suppressive Nazism, the essence of young Ratzinger's purposeful
being did not depart from Holy Scriptures!
Ratzinger's family, especially his father, bitterly resented the Nazis, and his father's opposition to Nazism resulted in demotions and harassment of the family.
Following his 14th birthday in 1941, Ratzinger was conscripted into
the Hitler Youth—as membership was required by law for all
14-year-old German boys after March 1939—but was an
unenthusiastic member who refused to attend meetings, according to his brother.
In 1941, one of Ratzinger's cousins, a 14-year-old boy with Down syndrome, was
taken away by the Nazi regime and murdered during the Action T4 campaign
of Nazi eugenics. In 1943, while still in seminary, he was drafted into the
German anti-aircraft corps as Luftwaffenhelfer. Ratzinger then
trained in the German infantry. As the Allied front drew closer
to his post in 1945, he deserted back to his family's home in
Traunstein after his unit had ceased to exist, just as
American troops established a headquarters in the
Ratzinger household. As a German soldier, he was
a few months later at the end of the war in May 1945.
Text Excerpt, Courtesy - Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia
The "Holy Book" did surely say, 'A Child shall
lead to show the way.'
Is the World listening and paying attention
to children & young people? Are there
any genuine thoughts [and /or]
considerations for a child's life
that may one day openly reveal
a Heavenly message with a true seal?!
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the
leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the
calf and the young lion and the fatling
together; and a little child shall lead them."
KJV - Isaiah 11:6
Benedict XVI ‘one of the great theologians
of the 20th century’
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, has paid tribute to the former pope.
He said Benedict was “one of the great theologians of the 20th century”.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Pope Benedict. He will be remembered as one of the great theologians of the 20th century.
I remember with particular affection the remarkable Papal Visit to these lands in 2010. We saw his courtesy, his gentleness, the perceptiveness of his mind and the openness of his welcome to everybody that he met.
He was through and through a gentleman, through and through a scholar, through and through a pastor, through and through a man of God – close to the Lord and always his humble servant.
Pope Benedict is very much in my heart and in my prayers. I give thanks to God for his ministry and leadership.”
Statement by the Secretary-General on the passing of His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
31 December 2022
Visit to UN Headquarters
Courtesy, United Nations
Read More at: https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/12/1132117
Defender of Human Rights
“Principled in his faith, tireless in his pursuit of peace, and determined in his defence
of human rights, he was a
spiritual guide to millions
across the world and one of the leading academic theologians of our time.”
It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
We remember Pope Benedict as a humble man of prayer and study.
Principled in his faith, tireless in his pursuit of peace, and determined in his defence of human rights, he was a spiritual guide to millions across the world and one of the leading academic theologians of our time.
We recall his 2008 visit and address to the United Nations and his appeal for “building international relations in a way that allows every person and every people to feel they can make a difference.”
His powerful calls for solidarity with marginalized people everywhere and his urgent appeals to close the widening gap between rich and poor are more relevant than ever.
I offer my deepest condolences to Catholics and others around the world who were inspired by his life of prayer and tenacious commitment to non-violence and peace.
Text Courtesy, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
Farewell With Blessings
Good Works & Hope!
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger
16 April 1927
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop of Rome,
31 December 2022
We'll Meet Again!
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