The Holy Father’s Telegram
Distinguished Dr Carlo Nicora
Via Fabio Filzi, 2 – 21200 Varese
I learned the sad news of the decease of dear Cardinal Attilio Nicora and I wish to express to you and to his other relatives, as well as to the Archbishop and fellow brothers of his beloved Ambrosian Church, my heartfelt condolences. He leaves a memory full of esteem and gratitude for the precious service to the Church and to the civil society in Italy, especially in the juridical field, in view of revising the Lateran Concordat and the implementation of the system of economic support of the Catholic Church and of support of the clergy and the Holy See, as rigorous and far-sighted President first of APSA and then of AIF. I entrust my prayer of suffrage for his priestly soul to the heavenly intercession of Mary Most Holy and of Saint John Paul II, who sent him to lead the diocese of Verona and hence created him Cardinal, while I send you and all those who mourn his demise, the Apostolic Blessing.
[Original text: Italian] [Translation by Virginia M. Forrester]