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Monday, October 25, 2004


VATICAN CITY, OCT 25, 2004 (VIS) - The following telegram was sent by Pope John Paul to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, U.S.A. upon learning of the death of his predecessor, Cardinal James Hickey, who died yesterday at the age of 84:

  "Deeply saddened by the death of Cardinal James Aloysius Hickey, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to all the clergy, religious and laity of he archdiocese of Washington. Recalling with gratitude Cardinal Hickey's unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel, the teaching of the faith and the formation of future priests, I join you in praying that God our Merciful Father will grant him the reward of his labors and welcome his noble soul into the joy and peace of His eternal kingdom. To all assembled for the solemn Mass of Christian burial, I cordially impart my apostolic blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the Lord."
TGR/DEATH HICKEY/MCCARRICK                VIS 20041025 (170)

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