VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the message Benedict XVI sent to express his condolences upon the death of Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The cardinal died Saturday at age 72.
The telegram was sent to the cardinal’s brother, Aníbal López Trujillo.
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Mr. Aníbal López Trujillo
Piazza S. Calisto, 16
Upon receiving the sad news of the death of dear Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to you, to your brothers Flavio and Asdrúbal, and all of your relatives. In these difficult moments, I feel very close to all of you and I ask God, through the intercession of Our Lady of Chiquinquira, that he grants eternal rest to this tireless pastor, who was so generously dedicated to the service of the Church and the Gospel of life.
His extensive ministerial work, carried out as a priest and auxiliary bishop of Bogota, as archbishop of Medellin, as secretary and president of the Latin American bishops’ council, president of the Colombian episcopal conference, and finally, as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is a clear testimony of his deep love for the Church and his dedication to the noble cause of the promotion of marriage and the Christian family.
In this circumstance, I am happy to affectionately impart to you the comforting apostolic blessing, which I am pleased to extend to those who have helped him, as well as the bishops, priests, religious communities and faithful who have closely accompanied him with their friendship and collaboration.
Benedictus PP. XVI[Original text in Spanish; translation by ZENIT]