The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a resolution offering condolences to Pope Francis on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the former head of the Catholic Church.
“…As a predominantly Catholic country, Filipinos share the sorrow of those mourning the loss of a beloved man of faith, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI , and a musician who gave hope to all who know his life, principles and legacy” , according to House Resolution 688.
The resolution was passed by Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte, House Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” Dalipe of the city of Zamboanga, House Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan of the 4PS party list, Deputy House Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander Marcos of Ilocos Norte and submitted to the Tingog party. List representatives Yedda Marie Romualdez and Jude Acidre.
Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on April 16, 1927 in Bavaria, Germany, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died. at the age of 95 on December 31, 2022 at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.
At the age of 24, Ratzinger was ordained a priest together with his brother Georg. As a young priest he established himself as a respected theologian and served as chief theological adviser to Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Josef Frings during the Second Vatican Council.
In March 1977 he was by Pope Paul VI. appointed archbishop of Munich and Freising, ordained bishop in May and proclaimed cardinal in June of the same year.
The same resolution noted that Ratzinger headed the Vatican teaching office, known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for 25 years.
As Dean of the College of Cardinals, Ratzinger also led the deliberations during the vacancy of the Holy See following the death of Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005.
He was elected pope on April 19, 2005, at the age of 78, making him the first modern German pope — an election he later said felt “like the guillotine.”
Benedict’s papacy lasted eight years, allowing him to appoint eight archbishops and 22 bishops in the Philippines.
Pope Benedict resigned on February 11, 201 due to his advanced age, becoming the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII. resigned in 1415.
After resigning, he settled at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, where he devoted himself to a life of prayer and study, electing the title of Pope Emeritus.
“Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. worked with all his soul and intelligence for a more fraternal world, promoting peace and goodwill for all people,” the resolution added.
A copy of the adopted resolution will be transmitted to the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See in Manila. — BM, GMA Integrated News