Vatican City, 8 April 2015 (VIS) – Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolences to Archbishop Christian Lepine of Montreal, Canada, for the death of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, archbishop emeritus of the same city, at the age of 78. The Holy Father expresses his sadness upon learning of the passing of the cardinal and offers his condolences to his family and former diocesans. “At this time, in which we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord”, he writes, “I ask Him to welcome in the light of eternal life this faithful pastor who served the Church with devotion, not only in his diocese but also at national level, as president of the Episcopal Conference of Canada, and as an accomplished member of several Roman dicasteries”.
The Pope describes the departed cardinal as a “committed pastor, attentive to the challenges of the contemporary Church”, recalling his participation in the Synod of Bishops in 1994 dedicated to “Consecrated life and its role in the Church and in the World”, and his key role in the 1997 Synod on America. Francis also imparts a special apostolic blessing to the cardinal's family and loved ones, his parishioners and all those who will attend the funeral.