Paolo Bertone, 81, the elder brother of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, died after a long illness on Friday morning, 22 July. On the day before, before leaving for Les Combes, Introd, the Cardinal went to visit him at the Monsignor Luigi Novarese clinic at the Shrine of Trompone, Moncrivello, in the Vercellese, where he had been treated in the past few days. He fell ill in March 2009. At his home in Romano Canavese (which Benedict XVI visited on 19 July 2009), he was cared for lovingly and comforted by the affection of Pina, his wife, by Cristiano and Stefania, his children, by his siblings Valeriano and Mariuccia — as well as Cardinal Tarcisio — and his grandchildren. His long period of suffering had put him to the test, but had also shaped his soul for Heaven. The third of eight children, Paolo Bertone was a former student of Don Bosco. His life was marked by fervent faith and a filial Marian devotion, expressed above all in frequently praying the Rosary. As a generous father and an altruistic husband, he was a man who enjoyed cultivating human relations and was always in a good mood. His funeral was celebrated on Monday morning, 25 July, at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Church of Santi Pietro e Solutore at Romano Canavese. The following is a translation of the Pope's Message to Cardinal Bertone, which was dated and released on 22 July 2011.
To my Venerable Brother
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State
Having learned the sorrowful news of the death of your beloved brother Paolo, I want to express my closeness and my deep condolences to you and to all your relatives, especially to his wife Pina, his children Cristiano and Stefania and their families, as well as to your brother Valeriano and sister Mariuccia.
As I assure you of my participation in spirit in the funeral liturgy, I raise fervent prayers that the beloved deceased may share with the risen Lord in never-ending joy and peace. With these sentiments, I impart to you, venerable Brother and to all the bereft who are mourning his passing, the comfort of a truly heartfelt Apostolic Blessing.
From Castel Gandolfo, 22 July 2011
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