Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez paid tribute to former Pope Benedict XVI Saturday after the 95-year-old’s death was announced by the Vatican.

“Our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has gone to heaven. In this moment, as we mourn his loss, we celebrate his life, because it was a life given in service to Jesus Christ,” Gomez said.

“I know there will be more for me to reflect on about this beautiful man and great figure in the Catholic Church of our times. But in this moment, I find myself giving thanks to God for his witness and recalling the words that he spoke in his inaugural homily: `The purpose of our lives is to reveal God to men. And only where God is seen does life truly begin. … There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him,” Gomez’s statement continued.

“May Our Lady wrap him in the mantle of her love, and may the angels lead him into paradise, and may he rest in peace.”

Benedict, who was elected pope in 2005 and resigned in 2013 due to health problems, died after a period of ill health, the Vatican announced Saturday without providing further details about his death. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday in St. Peter’s Square.

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