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Pope’s condolence for death of Indian Card. Simon Lourdusamy

Card. Simon Lourdusamy (5 Feb. 1924 - 2 Jun. 2014)

Card. Simon Lourdusamy (5 Feb. 1924 - 2 Jun. 2014)

02/06/2014 16:37

Pope Francis on Monday expressed his sadness at the death of Indian Cardinal, Simon Lourdusamy,  ‎former prefect of the ‎Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches and former Archbishop of ‎Bangalore.   The 90-year old cardinal passed away early Monday morning in a Rome clinic where he ‎had been hospitalized due to failing health.  In a condolence message to Archbishop ‎Anthony Anandarayar of Pondicherry and Cuddalore, to ‎which the late cardinal belonged as a priest, ‎the Pope recalled with “gratitude to Almighty God the ‎Cardinal’s priestly life spent ‎in spreading the ‎Gospel first in India and subsequently in service to the ‎Universal Church in ‎numerous capacities, finally ‎as Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental ‎Churches.”   ‎

Cardinal Lourdusamy was born 5 Feb 1924, at Kalleri, and ordained priest on 21 Dec, 1951 for ‎Pondicherry Archdiocese.  In 1962, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bangalore, and two years ‎later was appointed its Coadjutor Bishop.  On 11 Jan., 1968‎ ‎ he succeeded as Archbishop of ‎Bangalore Archdiocese.  In 1971 Pope Paul VI appointed Archbishop Lourdusamy an official of the ‎Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, following which he resigned as Archbishop of ‎Bangalore.   St. John  Paul II made him a cardinal on 25 May 1985, and on 30 Oct. that year appointed ‎him Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, a post he resigned in 1991 for health ‎reasons.  ‎

The funeral service of Card. Lourdusamy is scheduled for Thursday, 5 June, in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica, at the end of which Pope Francis will conclude the last rites. 

With the death of Cardinal Lourdusamy, the number of Cardinals worldwide now stands at 214, of ‎whom 119 are below the age of 80, and hence are eligible to elect a new pope.   There are currently 5 ‎Indian cardinals - all of them below 80 years of age.‎

 

Below is the text of the Holy Father’s condolence message:

The Most Reverend Anthony Anandarayar

Archbishop of Pondicherry and Cuddalore

Saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy, Prefect Emeritus of the ‎Congregation for the Oriental Churches, and Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore,  I offer my ‎deepest condolences and the assurance of my prayers to you, the clergy, religious and lay faithful ‎who mourn his passing.  I recall with gratitude to Almighty God the Cardinal’s priestly life spent ‎in spreading the Gospel first in India and subsequently in service to the Universal Church in ‎numerous capacities, finally as Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.  I pray ‎that God the Father of mercies may grant him the reward of his labours and welcome his noble ‎soul into the peace and joy of heaven.  To all assembled for the solemn funeral Mass, I cordially ‎impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of strength and consolation in the Lord.‎

                                                                                                                                 FRANCISCUS PP.‎

02/06/2014 16:37