Pope Expresses Condolences Following Death of Cardinal Roberto Tucci

Praises Jesuit Prelate’s Service as Director of Vatican Radio, Coordinator of St. John Paul’s Foreign Trips

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Pope Francis sent a condolence telegram to Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, superior general of the Society of Jesus, following the death of Cardinal Roberto Tucci, S.J.

The Jesuit Cardinal, who passed away in Rome yesterday at the age of 93, served for several years as director general of Vatican Radio, as well as coordinator of papal trips outside Italy during the pontificate of St. John Paul II.

In his telegram the Holy Father praised Cardinal Tucci’s life of hard work dedicated to the Gospel and to the Church.

Below is ZENIT’s translation of the Holy Father’s message:

Rev. Father Adolfo Nicolas Pachon

Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Borgo S. Spirito, 4 – 00193 Rome

I learned the news of the departure of the Venerable Cardinal Roberto Tucci, member of the Society of Jesus and I wish to express my sentiments of heartfelt  sympathy to you, to the whole Institute, to the relatives and to all those who knew and esteemed the late Cardinal.

I recall with grateful spirit the precious collaboration he gave for so many decades to the Holy See as Director of Civilta’ Cattolica, an expert at the Second Vatican Council, the Director General of Vatican Radio and especially as organizer of papal visits outside Italy.

He leaves us with the memory of an industrious and dynamic life, spent in the coherent and generous fulfilment of his vocation as a religious man mindful of the needs of others, and a pastor faithful to the Gospel and to the Church, following the example of St. Ignatius. I raise fervent prayers that the Lord might receive him in joy and eternal peace, and I offer you and to your Jesuit brethren the consolation of my apostolic blessing, the sign of my intense participation in our sorrow.


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Junno Arocho Esteves

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

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