San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the passing of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI:
“Paul and I join our fellow Catholics in mourning the passing of Pope Benedict XVI: a global leader whose devotion, scholarship and hopeful message stirred the hearts of people of all faiths.
“Spiritually, I am always moved by Pope Benedict’s powerful encyclical, ‘God is Love,’ where he quotes St. Augustine highlighting our moral duty as public servants to fight for justice.
“Officially, it was my privilege to visit His Holiness in the Vatican and, in 2008, to join in welcoming him to our nation’s capital.
“May it be comfort to His Holiness Pope Francis and the Vatican community that so many pray for Pope Benedict during this sad time.”
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