Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry released this statement after the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Dec. 30:
“With the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I offer heartfelt prayers for His Holiness Pope Francis and all members of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world. As followers of Jesus, we know that death does not have the final word. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13, the Apostle Paul reminded that first generation of Christians that they need not grieve as those who have no hope.
“The former pontiff, a renowned theologian, echoed Paul when he said that “one who has hope lives differently.” Benedict’s passing occurs at the end of a year that for so many continued to be fraught with great difficulties and uncertainties—both personal and global. Amid such struggles, may we indeed live differently, with hope, and follow the Way of Love.
“And may Benedict, and all who have died, rest in peace.”