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Friday, March 14, 2014


Vatican City, 14 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a telegram of condolences to Bishop Jose Manuel Macario do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal and president of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference, for the death on the afternoon of 12 March of Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo, patriarch emeritus of Lisbon, Portugal, at the age of 78.

In the text the Pope expressed his closeness and prayer “for the patriarchate of Lisbon, the family of the departed and for all those who mourn his unexpected death”, and recalled the cardinal's “important contribution in the different organs of the Holy See” and his “two encounters with this pastor, committed to the search for truth … who placed the gifts he received from the Lord to the service of the People of God and to his brother bishops, especially during his years as president of the Episcopal Conference”.

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