The Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated a Mass in honor of the late Pope Benedict XVI, on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James.
Auxiliary Bishop Neil Tiedemann was the main celebrant of the Mass, which was concelebrated by about 20 priests of the diocese.
Five deacons were also on hand, along with students from nearly all of the Catholic high schools in the diocese.
“Today, we believe that the promise that Jesus makes to us, the souls of the just, are in his hands. Benedict is with Him. We are told that we are children of God, but what we shall be we don’t know. But we will see God as He is, and we will become like Him. You and I will become like Him, but we pray this morning our brother Benedict, our shepherd, sees God as He is,” preached Bishop Tiedemann.