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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Vatican City, 13 May 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a telegram of condolence to Bishop Francesco Moraglia, patriarch of Venice, for the death yesterday of Cardinal Marco Ce, patriarch emeritus of Venice, Italy, at the age of 88.

The Pope expresses his closeness and prayer “for the entire diocesan community, the family of the deceased cardinal, and all those who knew him”, and recalls “his tireless work in the dioceses of Crema and Bologna, and in Catholic Action”. He remarks that this “gentle and wise pastor of the Church in Venice” offered “generous service to the Word of God through the preaching of days of spirituality for the clergy and for the young” and his “great efforts to bring about an authentic liturgical spirit”.

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