Catholic bishops in Africa recall ‘great self-sacrifice’ of Pope Benedict XVI – Catholic World Report

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ACI Africa, Jan 4, 2023 / 13:15 pm (CNA).

Catholic bishops from African nations paid tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died on Dec. 31, eulogizing him as a leader of the Catholic Church who served with “great self-sacrifice.”

In a tribute shared with ACI Africa, a sister publication to CNA, on Jan. 2, the first vice president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said that the Church in Africa and Madagascar received with “great sadness and deep emotion the news of the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.”

“This great servant of God who returns to the Father’s house in all serenity during the octave of the Nativity knew how to be, throughout his pontifical ministry, a great witness of the new evangelization, servant of love in truth (Caritas in Veritate),” Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu said in the one-page tribute.

Writing on behalf of Catholic bishops in Africa, Ambongo said the late pope “served the whole Church with great self-sacrifice and has worked tirelessly for justice, peace, reconciliation, and dialogue between cultures.”

“The people of Africa know that Benedict XVI treated them in a very special way during his pontificate,” the local ordinary of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo added.

He recalled the role the late pontiff played in the realization of the Second Special Assembly for Africa, saying that Benedict “convened the Second Synodal Assembly for Africa in order to give the Church of God on the African continent a new impetus charged with evangelical hope and charity.”

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Catholic bishops in Africa recall ‘great self-sacrifice’ of Pope Benedict XVI – Catholic World Report

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