In his telegram message, Pope Francis said, “I am sad for the news of the passing of the Cardinal, Prefect Emeritus of the Secretariat of the Economy.” Cardinal Pell died in Rome on January 10, following cardiac complications after hip surgery.
The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, offered condolences over the death of Cardinal George Pell in a statement published on January 11. Australian Cardinal Pell died at the age of 81 in Rome on January 10.
An Irish priest who worked in several Asian countries, including China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, died on January 6 at the Columban House in Kowloon. His death news "came as a shock to the Columbans and his many friends," said a press note from the Columbans.
“With sorrow, I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 AM in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican. Further information will be provided as soon as possible. As of Monday morning, January 2, 2023, the body of the Pope Emeritus will be in Saint Peter's Basilica so the faithful can bid farewell," the Holy See Press Office announced.
Jajati Nayak died at the age of 72 after 55 years of service as a catechist in Odisha, the Eastern state of India, on December 17. Under his leadership, the faith life of the Christians of Kerubadi was strengthened and produced 9 Religious Sisters, including his daughter Sister Anjali Nayak, The Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa (CSST) and 6 Priests, including his younger brother priest Dusmant Nayak.
Pope Francis expresses his sorrow for the over 150 people killed at a Halloween street party in Seoul, South Korea’s capital, as the country’s Catholic Bishops call for a thorough investigation into the causes.