Former Vatican Radio Director Dies at 76

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VATICAN CITY, JULY 3, 2009 ( A former director of Vatican Radio, Jesuit Father Pasquale Borgomeo, died Thursday in Rome after a long illness. He was 76.

Father Borgomeo was with Vatican Radio for 35 years, and died «with a spirit of acceptance of God’s will, accompanied by the prayers of his brothers in the Society of Jesus, his family and friends, and especially, the Holy Father, who was informed of his worsening health,» said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, his successor.

Father Lombardi is the director of the Vatican press office, including Vatican Radio and Television.

Father Borgomeo’s funeral will be held Saturday.

The priest left the directorship of Vatican Radio in 2005 due to his health condition. He had been named the director 20 years before, in 1985, and this after working as an editor with Vatican Radio since 1970. Father Borgomeo had referred to his role as an «exciting adventure.»

Pasquale Borgomeo was born in Naples in 1933. He joined the Jesuits in 1948 and was ordained in 1963.

L’Osservatore Romano said that the priest «pursued no other objective than bringing the voice of the Pope […] to all the corners of the earth.»

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