Memorial Mass for late Pope Emeritus Benedict set for Jan. 5

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Pope Benedict XVI attends the opening of the Holy Door to inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, in this December 8, 2015 file photo. CNS Photo/Stefano Spaziani

Bishop J. Mark Spalding will celebrate a memorial Mass in honor of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in downtown Nashville. 

The Mass will be livestreamed on the Cathedral website – – as well as on the Cathedral and Diocese of Nashville Facebook pages. 

Pope Emeritus Benedict passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, at the age of 95, just three days after Pope Francis sent out a world-wide request for prayers for his predecessor. 

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