Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolences to Msgr. Jean-Marie Mate Musivi Mupendawatu, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, following the death Tuesday of Bishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the same dicastery, at the age of 67 “after a long and painful illness,” writes the Pope, “lived in a spirit of faith and Christian testimony.”
“I wish to express my spiritual participation in mourning with the dicastery, and while I recall his generous ministry, first as pastor of the diocese of Radom, [Poland], and then in the service of the Holy See, I raise fervent prayers to the Lord for the his soul, entrusting him to the maternal intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Poland. With these sentiments I invoke for the departed collaborator the eternal reward promised to faithful servants of the Gospel, and I gladly impart to you, to the staff and collaborators of the Pontifical Council, and to the relatives of the dear prelate, the comfort of my apostolic blessing.”
Zygmunt Zimowski was born April 7, 1949, in Kupienin, Poland, and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Tarnow in 1973. In 2002, he was named bishop of Radom, and served there until 2009, when he was appointed president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry.