Charles III salutes the “constant efforts” of Benedict XVI to bring Catholics and Protestants closer together

King Charles III paid tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who passed away on December 31, 2022, at the age of 95. The sovereign expressed his “deep sadness”.

King Charles III, head of the Anglican Church, on Saturday hailed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s “constant efforts” for peace and rapprochement between Catholics and Protestants, saying he welcomed the news of his death with “deep sadness”. .

“I also remember his constant efforts to promote peace and goodwill among all peoples, and to strengthen the relationship between the worldwide Anglican Community and the Roman Catholic Church,” said the ruler of 15 states whose United Kingdom, which experienced 30 years of inter-community conflict in Northern Ireland until the 1998 agreement and where Benedict XVI made a historic visit in 2010.

“A more fraternal world”

Emmanuel Macron for his part saluted the memory of the one who “who worked with soul and intelligence for a more fraternal world”.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose resignation in 2013 took the whole world by surprise, died on Saturday at the age of 95 in the monastery in the Vatican gardens where he had retired.

The funeral of the 265th pope should be celebrated by his successor Francis in Rome, an unprecedented event in the two thousand year history of the Catholic Church which tens of thousands of people could attend, including heads of state.