Read the Press Release from Bishop Philip Egan

See the statement from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales

All are welcome to join a Requiem Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, led by Bishop Philip Egan on Wednesday, 4th January, at 7 pm in Portsmouth at St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, followed by a short period of silent prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. The Mass will be live-streamed.

As of Monday morning, 2 January, the body of the Pope Emeritus will be in Saint Peter’s Basilica so the faithful can pay their respects.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral will take place at 9:30am (8:30am UK time) on Thursday, 5 January 2023, in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, presided over by Pope Francis.

Prayer Card for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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