On the Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

ON THE DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II, Pope Francis sent a message from the Vatican to King Charles III: “Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I offer heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty, the Members of the Royal Family, the People of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth, her example of devotion to duty, her steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ and her firm hope in his promises. Commending her noble soul to the merciful goodness of our Heavenly Father, I assure Your Majesty of my prayers that Almighty God will sustain you with his unfailing grace as you now take up your high responsibilities as King. Upon you and all who cherish the memory of your late mother, I invoke an abundance of divine blessings as a pledge of comfort and strength in the Lord.” FRANCISCUS

A Memorial Mass for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will be celebrated, on Monday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph. All are welcome to attend.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops also released a statement which you can read here.