Pope Francis' Condolence Telegram on the Death of Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci

Here is a translation of the telegram of condolence for the death this morning of H.E. Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci — Deacon of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, on the via Lata, and former director of the Sistine Chapel Choir –, sent by the Holy Father to the Cardinal’s relatives.

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Dear Sirs, Sandro and Stefano Bartolucci


Upon receiving the news of the death of the venerated Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, I wish to express to the foundation that bears his name, to his family and his Florentine diocesan community my most heartfelt condolences. I recall affectionately this dear and highly esteemed priest, an illustrious composer and musician, who exercised his long and intense ministry, especially through religious music, born of and expressing faith. I also remember with great gratitude his fruitful work as director of the Sistine Chapel Choir and his wise … of the precious gift of polyphony, intended to elevate the heart in praise of God. I raise fervent prayers to the Lord that, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, He may welcome his generous servant and distinguished man of the Church in spiritual joy and eternal peace, and impart the comfort of an apostolic blessing to those who mourn his loss”


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Junno Arocho Esteves

Newark, New Jersey, USA Bachelor of Science degree in Diplomacy and International Relations.

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