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Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolences to Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, archbishop of Barcelona, for the death this morning of his predecessor Cardinal Ricardo Maria Carles Gordo at the age of 87.

The Holy Father offers his prayers for the eternal repose of the late cardinal “who exercised his episcopal ministry with apostolic diligence, first as bishop of Tortosa and then in the beloved archdiocese of Barcelona, pursuing the task of evangelisation with wisdom and generosity, and tirelessly encouraging many pastoral initiatives, demonstrating great closeness to priests, to consecrated life and to seminarians, to whom he dedicated special attention”.

Pope Francis mentioned the “great service offered to the Church” by the departed cardinal, and conveyed his most heartfelt condolences to his relatives, to all those who knew him personally and to the faithful of the archdiocese.

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