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A monk and pastor ever faithful

· Telegram expressing the Holy Father's condolences ·

When the Holy Father learned of the death on Friday, 30 April, of Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, osb, President emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments as well as of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, he expressed his condolences in a telegram addressed to Fr Notker Wolf, Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation at the Primatial Abbey of Sant’Anselmo, Rome. Almost 99 years old, Cardinal Mayer was the oldest member of the College of Cardinals. The following is a translation of the Pope's telegram, which was written in Italian and released on Friday, 30 April.

The news of the pious departure of Venerable Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer fills my heart with affectionate regret. I would like to express my sentiments of deep sorrow to you, to the entire Benedictine Family and to the relatives of the beloved Cardinal who leaves an indelible memory of a hard-working life spent with docility and rectitude in consistent adherence to his vocation as a monk and pastor full of zeal for the Gospel and ever faithful to the Church.

In recalling the high quality of his commitment to the liturgical context and those of the university and seminaries and, especially, his appreciated service to the Holy See – first in the Preparatory Commission of the Second Vatican Council and then in various Dicasteries of the Roman Curia – I raise fervent prayers of suffrage that the Lord may welcome this deserving Brother in eternal joy and peace. With these sentiments I impart to you, to your confreres and to all who mourn the death of this most generous disciple of Christ the comfort of the Apostolic Blessing.

Benedictus pp. XVI




St. Peter’s Square

Dec. 14, 2019