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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Condolences to Cologne

Having received the news of the death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the Holy Father, Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to His Eminence, Cardinal Rainer Woelki, Archbishop of Köln (Germany)

Message of His Holiness, Pope Francis
for the death of Cardinal Meisner

To His Eminence
Cardinal Rainer Woelki
Archbishop of Köln

With profound emotion, I learned the unexpected news that Cardinal Joachim Meisner has been called from this earth by the God of mercy.  I am close to you and to all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Cologne in prayer for this accomplished pastor.  With profound faith and sincere love for the Church, Cardinal Meisner dedicated himself to the proclamation of the Good News.

May the Risen Christ reward him for his faithful and intrepid commitment to the good of men of the East and the West, and make him a participant in the communion of the Saints in heaven.

With all my heart, I impart my Apostolic Blessing to all those who will commemorate the deceased pastor with prayer and sacrifice.

Pope Francis
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