The University of Notre Dame Australia is saddened by the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. May he rest in eternal peace.
He will be remembered for his gentle and noble presence, and his steadfast witness to the faith. The University joins with Catholics from around the world to express our gratitude for his life of service to the Church, and for all the good that he has done.
Pope Benedict is universally regarded as one of the finest theologians of our time. He was a prolific scholar, writer and teacher, whose intellectual legacy will continue to inspire many generations to come.
Benedict will also be remembered as a good friend to Australia, which included bringing hundreds of thousands of young Catholics from around the world to Sydney in 2008 for World Youth Day celebrations.
As part of his visit, Pope Benedict blessed the University’s new medical library and delivered an address on our Darlinghurst site in Sydney. The entire Notre Dame community will continue to treasure the memories from that very special occasion.
The University of Notre Dame will hold a Mass for the repose of his soul in the near future. We will advise of details in the coming days.