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The Pope's condolences on the death of Osvaldo Payá Sardiñas

· Telegram of Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretariat of State ·

The Substitute of the Secretariat of State, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, sent a telegram to Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of San Cristobal de la Habana, on behalf of Benedict XVI, expressing his condolences and closeness for the death of Cuban activist Osvaldo Payá Sardiñas whose funeral took place yesterday, in the Cuban capital.
The telegram was read during the funeral. “Informed of the tragic incident in which Mr Osvaldo Payá Sardiñas and Mr Harold Cepero Escalante died while two other people were injured”, Pope Benedict XVI sends “his condolences and spiritual closeness to the families of the deceased and at the same time begs the Almighty for the full recovery of those injured.

The Holy Father also raises his devout and fervent prayers to God for the eternal repose of the deceased and prays that he may give consolation and strength to those who are mourning in this time of sadness. While invoking the protection of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, and as a token of abundant divine favours at this time of sorrow, His Holiness imparts the Apostolic Blessing with affection, as a sign of faith and hope in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of man”.

The Secretariat concludes “I wholeheartedly share in the Holy Father’s sentiments and express my sympathy and my esteem in the Risen Lord”.




St. Peter’s Square

Feb. 26, 2020