Dearest Brothers and Sisters,
May the Lord give you peace!
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has today departed this world for the house of the Heavenly Father. We pray for the repose of his soul and ask all Churches and monasteries to ring the bells as is our tradition. All priests are asked to celebrate a Holy Mass for the repose of His soul. May the Lord grant him eternal rest!
Given in our Patriarchate on 31 December 2022, the Memorial of Saint Silvester.
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem