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At Mass in Mozambique & in Telegram, Pope Mourns Cardinal Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez

‘On remembering this centenary Pastor who gave his life to God and to the Church, working with courage for peace and the common good, I offer intercessory prayers…’

Cardinal Jose Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez, of the Title of St. John Chrysostom at Monte Sacro Alto, Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales, Colombia, passed away yesterday. The Holy Father sent his condolences in a telegram sent to the Archbishop of the city, Monsignor Gonzalo Restrepo Restrepo.

The Pope is in the midst of his Apostolic Journey to Africa, taking place from September 4-10, during which he will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius.

After arriving in Mozambique yesterday afternoon, this morning, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in the Apostolic Nunciature of Maputo, the country’s capital, where he dedicated a few words to the two deceased cardinals.

Pope Remembers ‘Loved & Zealous Pastor’ of Cardinal Etchegaray Who ‘Profoundly Marked’ Life of the Church

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The Holy Father’s Telegram

His Excellency, Monsignor Gonzalo Restrepo Restrepo

Archbishop of Manizales

I received with sorrow the news of the death of Cardinal Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales, and I express to Your Excellency my heartfelt sympathy, begging you to transmit it to the relatives of the deceased Prelate and to all those that form part of that Archdiocese.

Likewise, on remembering this centenary Pastor who gave his life to God and to the Church, working with courage for peace and the common good, I offer intercessory prayers for his eternal rest, so that the Lord Jesus may grant him to enter the eternal abode, and I impart to all the Apostolic Blessing.

Francis PP.

[Original text: Spanish]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. 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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