His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI: Updated

My wife just woke me with the news. He has died.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

*update 1: Today is the feast of Pope St. Sylvester I. Sylvester was pope during the initial freedom enjoyed by the Church under Constantine. His pontificate saw the dedication of the Lateran Basilica as well as St. Peter’s.

*update 2: This morning I attended a baptism in the same church that saw the funeral for the late Fr. Malachi Martin. Martin more or less foretold much of what is going on today.

Martin’s earthly remains rested here.

Over at St. Louis Catholic’s blog, the same realization I (and probably others) had this morning. This is the feast of St. Sylvester, pope and martyr. Sylvester was the regnal name of the last pope in Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World. Read it.

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