Pope Benedict XVI to be honored in special Mass at Providence cathedral

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In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. filer, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attends a Mass prior to the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Bishop of Providence said Wednesday he will honor Pope Benedict XVI, who died over the weekend at the age of 95, at a Holy Mass Thursday.

The Mass will be held at noon in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

Bishop Thomas Tobin said they will thank the former pope for his “extraordinary life and ministry” and “commend his soul to the mercy of Almighty God.”

“All the faithful of the Diocese are invited and encouraged to attend this special Mass,” said Tobin.

Anyone not able to attend can livestream the Mass via the diocesan YouTube channel.

The late pontiff retired from the papacy in 2013 to become the first pope to do so in 600 years.

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