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Cardinal Caffarra 2 April 2017, Carpi / © PHOTO.VA - OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Pope Mourns Loss of ‘Dear Brother’ Cardinal Caffarra

Remembers Archbishop of Bologna’s Pastoral Work ‘With Gratitude’

Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the relatives of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop emeritus of Bologna, who died on September 6, 2017, at the age of 79.

In the telegram addressed to, current Archbishop of Bologna, Matteo Maria Zuppi, the Pope said he shares in the suffering of the late cardinal’s loved ones.

“I think affectionately of this dear Brother in the Episcopate, who served the Gospel with joy and loved the Church intensely.”

“I remember with gratitude,” Pope Francis continued, “the generous pastoral work carried out by him.” The Pontiff remembered his work at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, and as a ‘zealous pastor.’

The Holy Father prayed the Lord, through the intercession of Mary and Saint Petronius, “will receive His faithful servant and distinguished Pastor in the Heavenly Jerusalem.”

The Pope then imparted his heartfelt Apostolic Blessing to the faithful of Bologna and to all those who knew and esteemed the late Italian cardinal.

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About 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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, 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': or

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