Former Catholic Bishop remembers Pope Benedict XVI

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The passing of the former head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, has many Catholic’s going into the new year with somber feelings.

In Lincoln, one of those individuals who is reminiscing is the former Bishop of Lincoln, Fabian Bruskewitz.

He had a close relationship with the former Pope and at times would perform document translation services for the Vatican.

Bruskewitz’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he has multiple forms of documentation sent from Rome where the Pope specifically thanked him.

“The original letter is actually in Latin but they translated it into English,” he said.

Bruskewitz received the letter on June 23, 2010, where the Pope thanked him for the duties he performed.

The letter said, “We happily send this letter as an expression of our congratulations; may this day be for you a source of deep satisfaction and encouragement.”

Bruskewitz shared stories and photos of his time across seas, and he even shared stories of other family members that had the opportunity to meet with the former Pope.

“He was a treasure to our church, our world, and the civilization of our world,” he said.

The former Bishop joked that he didn’t think many people in the Lincoln area were aware of how deep of a relationship he had with Pope Benedict XVI.

Around his home in Lincoln, several framed photos can be seen that chronicle a timeline of meetings between the two.

With the pope’s passing those photos and letters now serve as a reminder of the duties they performed for the church.

“I would say that it is a deep loss and simultaneously with our sorrow at his death,” Bruskewitz said.

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