Pope Sends Condolences at Death of Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney

Francis Recalls Australian Church Leader’s Concern for the Poor, Support of Catholic Education

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Pope Francis has sent his condolences for the death of Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, to the Apostolic Administrator of Sydney, Msgr. Peter Comensoli.

Cardinal Clancy died yesterday at age 90 in Sydney after years of ill health.

Here is the telegram the Holy Father sent today:


To Monsignor Peter Comensoli
Apostolic Administrator
Archdiocese Of Sydney

I was saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney, and I offer my heartfelt condolences, together with the assurance of my prayers, to you and to all the faithful of the archdiocese. I join you in commending the late cardinal’s soul to God the Father of Mercies, with gratitude for his years of episcopal ministry and his wise pastoral leadership of the Archdiocese of Sydney, as seen in his concern for the needs of the poor, his support for Catholic education and his broad ecumenical and civic vision. To all present at the Mass of Christian burial and to all who mourn Cardinal Clancy in the hope of the Resurrection, I cordially impart my apostolic blessing as a pledge of strength and consolation in the Lord.

Franciscus pp.

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