Boston, Mass., Jan 6, 2023 / 10:40 am
President Joe Biden visited the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., known as the apostolic nunciature, on Thursday to sign a book of condolences for Pope Benedict XVI, who died Dec. 31.
After being greeted by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican’s nuncio to the United States, the president wrote:
“Together with Catholics across the United States, I join in mourning the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict,” according to the AP.
“He was a brilliant scholar and truly Holy Man. I will always cherish our time together at the Vatican when he was Pope discussing Catholic theology. He was a great theologian and I learned much in a few hours. May his soul rest eternally with the Lord,” he wrote.