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Monday, May 2, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 2 MAY 2011 (VIS) - Benedict sent the following telegram of condolence to Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra, bishop of Valencia, Spain, on the death of Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco Vicente, archbishop emeritus of that diocese, at 80 years of age. The cardinal was in Rome to attend the beatification ceremonies of John Paul II.

  "On receiving the sad news of the death of beloved Cardinal Austin Garcia-Gasco Vicente, I offer my fervent prayers for the eternal rest of one who exercised his episcopal ministry with diligent apostolic concern, first as auxiliary bishop of Madrid and secretary of the Spanish Bishops' Conference, and then at the head of that dear archdiocese of Valencia, wisely and generously devoted to her evangelizing actions, tirelessly supporting numerous pastoral initiatives, above all in the area of the teaching and pastoral care of the family".

  "On recalling the great service he gave to the Church and the unforgettable memory of my stay in that renowned city for the Fifth World Meeting of Families, I wish to express my most heartfelt sympathy to your Excellency, Archbishop Osoro, to your auxiliary, to the priests, seminarians, religious communities, and faithful of the church in Valencia, asking your kindness in extending my sentiments to the family of the deceased cardinal. I wholeheartedly impart to all the comfort of apostolic blessing as a sign of our Christian hope in the resurrected Christ".
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