Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez issued the following statement Dec. 28 regarding Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his health. You can also view this statement on Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page.


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Earlier today, Pope Francis shared that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is very ill and asked everyone to join in prayer for the intention of his health.

I echo that request and ask all people of goodwill to join me in prayerful solidarity with our Holy Father for the Pope Emeritus. May Mary, Our Mother, watch over and comfort him and may the Lord give him strength.

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez, D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia