Profound sorrow for the death of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop emeritus of Montréal, was expressed by the Pope in a telegram sent to the cardinal's successor, Archbishop Christian Lépine. “As we are celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord”, the Pope writes, “I implore [Him] to welcome into the light of eternal life this faithful Pastor who served the Church with dedication”.
He served “not only in his diocese but also on a national level as President of the Episcopal Conference of Canada, and at the same time he was a member of various dicasteries in Rome. A zealous pastor, attentive to the challenges of the contemporary Church, he actively participated in the Synod of Bishops in 1994 on 'Consecrated Life and its mission in the Church and in the world' and was one of the leaders at the Synod in 1997 on America”.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, who had been seriously ill for some time, was a patient in Hôpital Marie-Clarac in Montréal, where he died on Wednesday, 8 April. Turcotte was born in Montréal on 26 June 1936 and was ordained a priest on 24 May 1959. He was appointed to the titular see of Suas on 14 April 1982. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Montréal and received his episcopal ordination on 29 June 1982. On 17 March 1990 he was appointed Archbishop of Montréal. John Paul II created him a cardinal at the Consistory of 26 November 1994 with the Title of Nostra Signora del Santissimo Sacramento e dei Santi martiri Canadesi. On 20 March 2012 he resigned as Archbishop of Montréal.
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