Memorial Mass & Funeral Mass details for Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died on December 31, 2022. The Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference have released a media statement.

A Memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 10.00am. Parishes are also invited to celebrate a Memorial Mass on this same day or another day this week.

The Funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be held in Rome on January 5 at 9.30am (7.30pm AEDT).  Two official channels will broadcast the funeral live:

Archbishop Charles Balvo, the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, will celebrate a Mass to pray for the repose of the soul, and in thanksgiving for the life, of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra on Thursday, January 5 at  6.00pm.  More details are posted on the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn facebook page.