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On January 3, 2023, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon traveled to Rome, Italy, to attend the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, which took place at Saint Peter’s Square on Thursday, January 5.

Metropolitan Tikhon was received as an official guest of the Vatican along with representatives of other Orthodox Churches and distinguished ecumenical guests.

Following the Solemn Requiem Mass, His Beatitude personally offered condolences to His Holiness Pope Francis on behalf of the Orthodox Church in America.

The message of condolences reported below was previously sent to Pope Francis.

Traveling with His Beatitude was Priest Alessandro Margheritino, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America.

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Read the Letter of Condolence