Saturday, 31 December 2022

Pope Benedict XVI - Condolence Messages from Royals

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Condolence Messages from Monarchies, following the death of Pope Benedict XVI.  

(Monarchies that are Catholic are marked with an Asterisk*.)

Current Monarchies


  • King Hamad

HM the King offered sincere condolences and sympathy to His Holiness Pope Francis, the family and relatives of the deceased and all friendly countries, wishing the late Pope mercy and forgiveness.

HM King Hamad commended the efforts exerted by the late Pope Benedict XVI to promote the culture of peace, love and peaceful coexistence among peoples all over the world.

  • Crown Prince Salman 

His Royal Highness offered sincere condolences to His Holiness Pope Francis, the family of the deceased, and all friendly countries. 

 His Royal Highness highlighted the efforts and contributions of the late Pope Benedict XVI to foster peace, love and coexistence among people all over the world. 


  •  Belgium Monarchy

Heartbroken by the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Our thoughts are with his loved ones and with all Catholics who are grieving today.  


  •  Amir Nawaf 
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a cable of condolences to Pope Francis of the Vatican on Monday, over the death of Pope Benedict XVI.

His Highness the Amir hailed the contributions and role of the late pope in spreading and promoting the culture of tolerance, amity and peace.


  • Grand Duke Henri

Most Holy Father, 

The Grand Duchess and I are very saddened by the announcement of the death of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Intelligence and gentleness are the two words that spontaneously come to mind as he relentlessly pursued his mission as pastor and teacher, even after his resignation from the papal throne in 2013.

We offer you our most sincere condolences and, through you, to the entire Christian community. 



  • King Mohammed VI 
I have received with deep grief the news of the death of His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. May God accept him with an abundance of mercy and forgiveness in his highest kingdom.


  • King Harald

Your Holiness,

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. On behalf of myself and the people of Norway, I send you my deepfelt condolences. My sympathy is with all Catholics on this sad occasion.


Harald R


    •  Spain Monarchy

    Benedict XVI led the Catholic Church with an extraordinary vocation of service, humility, dedication and love. We keep, with deep feeling, the fondness with which he always distinguished Spain with his visits to Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona and Madrid.


    • King Charles 

    Your Holiness, I received the news of the death of your predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, with deep sadness.

    I remember with fondness my meeting with His Holiness during my visit to the Vatican in 2009.

    His visit to the United Kingdom in 2010 was important in strengthening the relations between the Holy See and the United Kingdom.

    I also recall his constant efforts to promote peace and goodwill to all people, and to strengthen the relationship between the global Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church.  

    My wife and I send you our continued good wishes for your own pontificate.


    Former Monarchies


    • Margareta 

    The Royal Family of Romania learned the sad news of the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

    King Mihai I, together with the Custodian of the Crown Margareta and Prince Radu, took part, in February 2013, at the Vatican, at St. Peter's Basilica, in a religious ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI, on the occasion of the 900th anniversary from the recognition of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

    Her Majesty the Custodian of the Crown sends her condolences to the Catholic faithful in Romania, the Republic of Moldova and the whole world.

    May God rest him in peace! 

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