Biden pays tribute to 'famend theologian' Pope Benedict

President Biden paid tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as a “famend theologian” following his dying on the age of 95 on Saturday. 

Biden stated in a press release that he hung out with Benedict in Vatican Metropolis in 2011 and can at all times keep in mind his generosity and their “significant” dialog. 

“He will likely be remembered as a famend theologian, with a lifetime of devotion to the Church, guided by his ideas and religion,” Biden stated. “As he remarked throughout his 2008 go to to the White Home, ‘the necessity for international solidarity is as pressing as ever, if all persons are to reside in a means worthy of their dignity.’” 

He stated Benedict’s give attention to charity ought to proceed to be an inspiration to everybody. 

Biden joined quite a few world leaders, together with Irish President Michael Higgins and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in mourning Benedict’s dying and praising his service to the Catholic Church. 

Benedict, who was born Joseph Ratzinger, turned pope in 2005 following the dying of former Pope John Paul II. 

Benedict made historical past when he turned the primary pope in almost 600 years to step down from his position in 2013, citing a scarcity of the power wanted to adequately serve resulting from his superior age. 

Biden is the second Catholic U.S. president, following former President John F. Kennedy.