Novena for the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pray this novena for the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, that he may rest in peace.

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What happened?

On the 31 December 2022, Pope Benedict XVI passed away from this world. We gather here to pray for his soul, for his successor, Pope Francis, the Catholic Church and all Christians.

Why pray?

We should pray for all those who have passed away, whether they are members of our family, loved ones or strangers.

As Pope Benedict XVI wielded great responsibility, so his judgement will be the heavier. We must pray for those who govern us, when they are alive and once they are dead, that they may convert in this life so as to be well received in the next. We must pray that they know God's Love in eternity.

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Prayer to recite:

Loving Father, we ask you to welcome Pope Benedict into eternal life, rewarding him for his selfless devotion and service of your Church.

May his example live on in our Church as we see to be ambassadors of Christ in our daily living.

As the family of the Church, we pray in communion that you will forgive any human frailty or transgression and bring him into the light of your presence where, one day, we may celebrate your infinite love and mercy together.

May he rest in peace.


Prayer composed by the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold

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Concluding prayer for Pope Benedict's repose

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant Benedict, the remission of all his sins, that through our prayers he may obtain the pardon he has always desired, for You live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.