In Church tradition, the nine days following the funeral of a pope are observed as official days of mourning in Rome and throughout the Church. The Novemdiales, as they are called, may be observed in various ways. One way is by praying this novena, which begins on January 5.

Our bishop is also encouraging the faithful to pray the Rosary for Pope Benedict. Any prayers and works of charity offered for the repose of his soul are welcome.

Another way to honor Pope Benedict’s legacy is to dive into his teachings. LANE has a free course that brings together the highlights of Pope Benedict’s writings alongside more prayer resources.