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Catholics hold Requiem Mass for late Pope in Abuja

Catholics faithful within and outside the Nation’s Capital, Abuja have held Requiem Mass for the late Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

The Service held at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, Pro-Cathedral, Area 3, Abuja, was led by  Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Most  Reverend Ignatius Kaigama.

Other Catholic Priests, Religious leaders offered special prayers for the repose of the Souls of the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI and other departed Faithful.

the Requiem Mass coincided with the Funeral Mass for the Late Pope in Rome.

The Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was born in Bavaria,Germany on the 16th of April, 1927 and died on 31st of December, 2022.

He was the head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City state from 2005 until his resignation on 28th, February, 2013.

Emeritus Pope Benedict became the Catholic Leader following the death of the Pope John Paul II.

At the Mass, the Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama said the Holy Father would be remembered for his roles against Sexual abuse, respect for human Rights and Humility.

“I’m using this opportunity to call on our politicians to emulate the Leadership style of the late Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, for his selfless service and love for humanity.” said Reverend Kaigama.

Director of Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, very Reverend Father Patrick Alumuku described the Late Pope as great preacher and Author of more than one hundred Books.

President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen acknowledged the selfless service of the Late Pope Benedict XVI and prayed God to grant the departed soul Eternal Rest.

The Papal, Knight of Saint Sylvester, KSS, Prof. Gabriel Okenwa described the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI as a great leader in the history Catholic faithful, and urged Politicians across the world to emulate the principles of sincerity like the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Members of Diplomatic Corps, Captains of Industry,Former and Serving Political office holders attended the mass.

Reporting by Samuel Adeyinka, editing by Daniel Adejo