Pope writing a letter

Pope writing a letter

Pope Expresses His «Great Esteem» for Cardinal Prosper Grech’s Personal Witness of Christian & Consecrated Life

And His Long & Competent Service, & Formation of New Generations, Including Priests

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«A dear Cardinal, for whom I have always had great esteem, be it for his personal witness of Christian and consecrated life, be it for his exemplary service in the formation of the new generations, especially of priests.»


This is how Pope Francis remembered today Maltese Cardinal Prosper Grech, O.S.A., of the Diakonia of Saint Maria Goretti, Docent Emeritus of several Roman Universities and Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who passed away Monday afternoon in Rome.

Francis sent a condolences telegram to the Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine, the Most Reverend Father Alejandro Moral Anton, expressing his sentiments to him, the whole Augustinian Order and his relatives.

Recalling «the long and competent service carried out by him as docent in several Roman Universities, as well as that given to the Holy See,» Francis raised his prayer of intercession «so that the Lord will receive his soul in the Eternal Kingdom of light and peace.»

«I send you, the brethren and all those that mourn his death my heartfelt Apostolic Blessing,» the Holy Father said.

The funeral will take place at the Altar of the Chair of the Vatican Basilica on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 11:30 am.

The funeral liturgy will be celebrated by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals, together with cardinals, archbishops and bishops.

At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration, the Holy Father will preside over the rite of the Ultima Commendatio and the Valedictio.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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