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Pope Mourns Death of Former Director of L’Osservatore Romano

Recalls Great Service to the Church of Professor Mario Agnes

Pope Francis has sent his condolences for the passing away of the former director of L’Osservatore Romano.

In a telegram, the Pope sent upon learning of the death of Professor Mario Agnes, who also served as the National President of Italain Catholic Action, to his family in Rome, Francis lamented the passing away of the 86-year-old.

In the message, the Pope recalled “with gratitude his commitment in the Catholic laity and especially his generous and long service in the Direction of the Holy See’s newspaper.”

Assuring Professor Agnes’ relatives of his prayers, the Pope prayed that “the Risen Lord may receive the late Professor in His glorious Kingdom,” and imparted on them and all who mourn his death, his Apostolic Blessing.

Below is a Zenit-provided translation of the telegram of condolences Pope Francis sent this morning:
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Professor Salvatore Agnes

Via dei Decii

00153 Rome

Having learnt the news of the death of Professor Mario Agnes, former National President of Italian Catholic Action and Director Emeritus of L’Osservatore Romano, I express to you and to all the family my personal condolences. I wish, in particular, to recall with gratitude his commitment in the Catholic laity and especially his generous and long service in the Direction of the Holy See’s newspaper. While I assure you of my prayer, that the Risen Lord may receive the late Professor in His glorious Kingdom, I impart to you and to all those that mourn his death the Apostolic Blessing.

FRANCISCUS PP.

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

 

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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). 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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