The Passing of Pope Benedict XVI

We are saddened by the passing of Pope Benedict XVI.  As theologian, bishop and pope he leaves an outstanding legacy.  He will be remembered for his scholarly writings and for his outstanding life-long dedication to the Church.  His decision to retire from the Papacy and loyal support for Pope Francis reflected his desire to serve the Church with an energy that was diminished only because of his age.  Above all, Pope Benedict XVI was known for his patience, kindness and willingness to confront difficult challenges that he encountered.  We pray that he might have the eternal rest, light and happiness he deserves.

The Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis

Bishop of Salt Lake City