Statement on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Rev. Prof. Michael Mullaney, President of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth expresses the College community’s sorrow on the death Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

‘On behalf of the entire community at St Patrick’s Pontifical University and St Patrick's National Seminary, Maynooth I wish to express our sorrow at the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. After a life of humble, faithful and selfless service in the vineyard of the Lord, we pray the Good Shepherd will embrace Pope Benedict, who he called to be the Shepherd of the Church, with his mercy and peace.

Pope Benedict was a distinguished theologian, a leading promoter of the dialogue between faith and reason. In his theological writings, his papal magisterium and spiritual reflections he leaves a rich legacy to the Church and the world of theological reflection.

The College recalls his participation in the Maynooth Summer School on the theology of the priesthood in 1969 and also his pastoral care and consideration for formation of priests in his Letter to the Catholics of Ireland (2010).

The Pontifical University and National Seminary join together in giving thanks to God for Pope Benedict’s witness and writings as priest and scholar which will continue to enrich both the academic and formation missions of St Patrick’s College Maynooth.

May the Lord reward him for his faithful service and grant him eternal rest'.