he Coptic Orthodox Church issued a statement on 31 December 2022 mourning the departure of Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus of Rome. He was Catholic Pope, Bishop of Rome, from 19 April 2005 until he resigned his post on 28 February 2013.
The Coptic Church statement read:
“The Coptic Orthodox Church and its Holy Synod, led be Pope Tawadros II, mourn Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus of Rome, who departed today, aged 95. Pope Benedict XVI faithfully served the Roman Catholic Church in several positions. He was an excellent successor to an excellent predecessor.
“We offer our condolences to our brother and friend His Holiness Pope Francis, and all the clergy and congregation of the Coptic Catholic Church around the world.”
Saturday 31 December 2022; 22 Kiahk 1739
1 January 2023