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Monday, September 5, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 4 SEP 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father has sent a telegram to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, Poland, for the death of Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Cardinal Deskur died yesterday at the age of 87.

The Pope expresses his condolences to the relatives of the late cardinal, whom he describes as "one of the most illustrious sons" of the diocesan community of Krakow, recalling his "valuable collaboration with the Holy See over many decades at the service of six Popes, especially ... in the field of the communications media".

Cardinal Deskur, "linked by profound ties of friendship to Blessed John Paul II, leaves us the memory of a life spend in coherent and generous dedication to his vocation as a pious and zealous priest, who enriched his ministry by accepting illness with evangelical resignation.

"I pray that, through the intercession of Mary Immaculate whom he so greatly venerated, the Lord may welcome this faithful pastor of the Gospel and the Church into His Kingdom of eternal joy and peace", the Pope concludes.

Cardinal Deskur's funeral, presided by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, will be held in St. Peter's Basilica at 11.30 a.m. on 6 September.
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