Pope reminds faithful that death brings eternal life for loved ones

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The death of a loved one brings pain and sadness, but Christians believe their loved ones will have eternal life in Jesus Christ and that they will be united again with them in heaven, Pope Benedict XVI said. Celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Nov. 3 in memory of the 10 cardinals and 103 bishops who had died in the past year, Pope Benedict ended three days of commemorations of “those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.” Marking the Nov. 1 feast of All Saints, the pope said just as God has created thousands of different kinds of beautiful plants and flowers so has he given the world male and female saints, young and old, from every race and culture. The beauty of the saints, he said during his Angelus address, should lead to a desire in every Christian heart to be like them and spend eternity in their company. Reciting the Angelus again Nov. 2, the feast of All Souls, Pope Benedict said, “It is very important that we Christians live our relationship with the deceased in the truth of faith and see death and the beyond in the light of revelation.”

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