Bells rang out over Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories and in cities the world over as leaders from Japan to Russia praised the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died early Saturday at age 95.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, issued a statement Saturday morning:

“The human family grieves the passing of this erudite, wise, and holy man, who spoke the truth with love. … The family of the Church especially mourns his death, while grateful for the gift he was of a good shepherd and Holy Father.”

Dolan said the archdiocese had fond memories of the pope’s visit to New York City in 2008.

“I personally sense the loss as he was so encouraging, and appointed me Archbishop of New York and nominated me a Cardinal. Faith and reason, the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, whom we remember with reverence, love and gratitude.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan receiving a biretta cap from then-Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan receives a biretta cap from then Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.
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Pope Benedict XVI and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, are all smiles at the end of their talks at the Vatican in 2007.
Then Pope Benedict XVI and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin spoke at the Vatican in 2007.
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Benedict XVI died at 9:34 AM local time in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City. Reaction to his was immediate all over the world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Pope Benedict XVI as “a prominent religious figure and statesman [and[ a staunch defender of traditional Christian values.”

During Benedict’s papacy, full diplomatic relations were established between Russia and the Vatican, and relations built between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

St. Peter's Square after the announcement of the death of former Pope Benedict XVI.
St. Peter’s Square after the announcement of the death of former Pope Benedict XVI.
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President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella prays inside St. Peter's Basilica in 2015.
President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella said Benedict “benefited our community.”
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Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter that the Benedict’s teaching was a “guide post among the many winding and deceptive paths of contemporary world.”

Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cited what he called “the great contributions” Pope Benedict made toward world peace, mentioning in particular a message Benedict sent after the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster that greatly uplifted the people of Japan.

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins said, “at this time of the return of war on our continent and in so many areas of the world, he will be remembered for his untiring efforts to find a common path in promoting peace and goodwill throughout the world, including a steadfast interest in peace in Northern Ireland.”

This photograph taken outside The Vatican shows a makeshift memorial for the former pope.
This photograph taken outside The Vatican shows a makeshift memorial for the former pope.
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Irish President Michael D. Higgins addressed the Pope Emeritus' passing on Saturday.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins addressed the Pope Emeritus’ passing on Saturday.
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In Rome, Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella said his country is grieving the loss of “his sweetness and his wisdom [which] had benefited our community and the entire international community.”



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