Monday, 27 March, 2023

Biden signs condolence book for ex-pope Benedict XVI

WASHINGTON: US Presi-dent Joe Biden on Thursday visited the Vatican embassy in Washington and signed a book of condolences for former pope Benedict XVI who died over the weekend, reports AFP.

Together with Roman Catholics across the United States, I join in mourning the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict, Biden wrote, according to the White House.

He was a brilliant scholar and truly Holy Man, Biden added. A lifelong Roman Catholic himself, Biden noted that he had visited the Vatican during Benedict’s papacy from 2005 to 2013.

I will always cherish our time together at the Vatican when he was Pope discussing Catholic theology, Biden added in his note. He was a great theologian and I learned much in a few hours.