Pope Emeritus showed the “love of the pastor’s heart,” says Archbishop

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The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has offered prayers and condolences after the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

“I pray for the repose of the soul of His Holiness Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI as his long life of devoted service comes to a close. May he now enjoy forever the company of the saints and the reward of all the Lord’s good and faithful servants.

“I recall with gratitude the warmth and impact of Pope Benedict’s presence during his State Visit in 2010 and especially during his visit to Birmingham for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman. He showed us the love of the pastor’s heart which had guided his ministry as priest, as bishop and as Supreme Pastor.

“I am grateful for the prayerful way that he supported his successor Pope Francis, continuing to promote the unity and mission of the Church.

“On behalf of the clergy, Religious and all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Birmingham I offer our condolences and pray that Emeritus Pope Benedict may rest in peace with his risen Lord.”

+Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham


Pope Benedict’s visit to Birmingham in 2010.

Celebration of Mass with the Beatification of Cardinal Newman Cofton Park Birmingham