YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Mass honoring the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was held in Youngstown Wednesday.
The mass took place at the Cathedral of Saint Columba, located at 154 West Wood St.
Youngstown Diocese Bishop David Bonnar was the principal celebrant.
“We pray that Pope Benedict may be happily admitted to God’s blessed flock,” Bishop Bonnar said.
As part of his homily, Bishop Bonnar told the congregation death is not something to fear but part of a pilgrimage to heaven.
“Jesus wants us to know that we are not to be people of fear but rather people of faith,” he said.
Bishop Bonnar said that the passing of Pope Benedict, especially now during the Christmas season, gives Catholics the chance to reflect on the losses they’ve experienced in their own lives.
“And find faith and strength to continue our journey,” he said.
The homily for the memorial mass is now available online.
Pope Benedict died on December 31 at the age of 95. He now lies in state inside the Vatican walls of the Basilica of St. Peter.
His body will lie in state until his funeral on Thursday.
Pope Francis will lead that ceremony, which will take place in St. Peter’s Square before the body is interned in the Vatican crypt.
Pope Benedict will be remembered as the first pontiff in 600 years to resign from the job.