The Christian Association of Nigeria expressed sadness on Saturday at the death of the emeritus Catholic Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, describing him as “a great theologian whose life embodied the balance of faith, reason and works in ways that positively influenced both Catholics and non-Catholics. worldwide.”

The organization said it would be difficult to fill the void it left in promoting world peace.

CAN President Archbishop Daniel Okoh had this to say in a statement obtained by The PUNCH in Abuja.

According to him, Pope Benedict XVI had given his soul and intelligence to God for a more fraternal world, and had died in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, a house dedicated to prayer and sacrifice within the walls of the Vatican Gardens.

He said: “CAN pays tribute to Pope Benedict XVI, who spent his days in the service of the Church, speaking to the hearts and minds of men with the spiritual, cultural and intellectual depth that he possessed.

“It will be hard to fill the shoes of the tireless efforts to find a common path in promoting peace and goodwill around the world that Pope Benedict XVI left behind, but the Christian Association of Nigeria prays that Almighty God continues to shape theologians like the late Pontiff committed to defending the Christian faith.

“CAN extends its condolences to his family, the Vatican, the Nigerian Catholic Secretariat and the faithful in Nigeria and the rest of the world for this great loss.”

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