The Pontiff’s condolences

2011-09-05 L’Osservatore Romano

The Polish Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur died on Saturday, 3 September. He was 87 years old. Having learned this news, the Pontiff expressed his condolences in a Telegram to Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow.

I learned with sorrow the news of the departure of Venerable Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur, President emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. I wish to express to his relatives and to all those who knew and esteemed him, as well as to this Diocesan Community of Krakow which counts him among its most distinguished sons, my sentiments of deep sorrow. I remember with gratitude his precious collaboration with the Holy See for so many decades at the service of at least six pontiffs, dedicated in particular to Christian animation in the media sector. Bound to Bl. John Paul II by ties of deep friendship, he leaves the memory of a life spent in consistent and generous adherence to his vocation as a pious and zealous priest who enriched his ministry by accepting his disability with evangelical resignation. I raise fervent prayers of suffrage that the Immaculate Virgin, whom he so deeply venerated, may obtain that the Lord welcome into joy and eternal peace this pastor faithful to the Gospel and to the Church, and I impart to all who share in the bereavement at his passing the comfort of the Apostolic Blessing, as a pledge of my intense participation in the common grief.

Benedictus PP. XVI

A similar telegram was sent by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State.

September 6, 2011