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Wednesday, June 22, 2005


VATICAN CITY, JUN 22, 2005 (VIS) - Given below is the text of the telegram sent by Benedict XVI to Archbishop Gaudencio B. Rosales of Manila, Philippines, for the death yesterday at the age of 76 of Cardinal Jaime L. Sin, emeritus of the same archdiocese.

  "Deeply saddened by the death of Cardinal Jaime L. Sin, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to all the clergy, religious and laity of the archdiocese of Manila. Recalling with gratitude Cardinal Sin's unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel and to the promotion of the dignity, common good and national unity of the Philippine people, I join you in praying that God our merciful Father will grant him the reward of his labors and welcome his noble soul into the joy and peace of His eternal Kingdom. To all assembled for the solemn Mass of Christian burial I cordially impart my apostolic blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the Lord."
TGR/DEATH SIN/ROSALES                            VIS 20050622 (170)

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