Singaporean Cardinal paid tribute to the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the statement published on January 2.
"We are sad to hear that Pope Emeritus Benedict passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2022," Cardinal William Goh Seng Chye said.
The Singaporean Cardinal praised the late Pope for serving the Lord well as a priest, bishop, and Pope.
The cardinal commended, "He is most renowned for his brilliant and intellectual prowess. He had a keen analytical mind and always gave very penetrating insights into challenges facing the world, the Church, and society."
The Singaporean Church Leader noted that the late Pope was a prophet of our time, genuinely enlightening with his profound wisdom due to his intellectual brilliance and contemplation. He was a brilliant, intelligent, and contemplative person.
Cardinal Goh recognized the late Pope Benedict as the greatest philosopher and theologian of an inspiring lecturer for his succinct writings and concise thought. The late Pope Emeritus selected each phrase carefully, and his solid theology guided the growth and foundation of Roman Catholic Orthodoxy.
The cardinal added that the late Pope, the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, helped Pope St. John Paul II to guide the Magisterium so that the Church's faith "remains ever new, ever relevant and yet ever true and faithful to the Apostolic deposit of faith."
The Singapore Church Leader thanked God for giving a great theologian whose wisdom was deeply rooted in his contemplation of the Scriptures and the teachings of the Fathers of the Church.
Cardinal Goh prayed, "May God grant him [the late Pope Emeritus] eternal rest, and may he attain the heavenly reward of eternal life with the Holy Trinity."
Cardinal William Goh will celebrate the funeral Mass for the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Singapore, at 1:15 PM (Singapore Time) on January 5 and will broadcast it via www.youtube.com/catholicsg.
The faithful are encouraged to pray for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and write down their prayers and thoughts in the condolence book at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd's main door from 12 PM on Tuesday, January 3, to 7 PM on Thursday, January 5.
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