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TL mourns the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

TL mourns the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Parliament is expected to debate the 2020 General State Budget beginning July 30 (Image/David Robie)

DILI, 04 january 2022 (TATOLI) – The Government of Timor-Leste and the National Parliament were deeply saddened to receive the news of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s passing away on december 31st, 2022, at the age of 95, in the Vatican.

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, on april 16th, 1927, he was Pope of the Catholic Church and Bishop of Rome from april 19th, 2005 to February 28th, 2013, when he officially abdicated, becoming Pope Emeritus and Roman Pontiff Emeritus of the Catholic Church.

In january 2008, Pope Benedict XVI received in an audience, in the Vatican, the President of the Republic of Timor-Leste, José Ramos-Horta.

Pope Benedict XVI, in 2010, erected a new Ecclesiastical District in Timor-Leste, establishing the Diocese of Maliana and electing as its first Bishop the most Reverend Monsignor Norberto Amaral.

The Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on behalf of the Timorese Government and People, extended his deepest condolences to the family, the Holy See, and the entire Catholic Church.

The Spokesperson for the 8th Constitutional Government, Minister Fidelis Magalhães, pointed out that his legacy will last forever etched in the memory of everyone around the world.

The Vice President of the National Parliament, Maria Angelina Sarmento, on behalf of all the MPs, also extended her deepest condolences to the loved ones of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and the Holy See.

 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges 

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