The Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto died just after midnight on 29 April in Rome, at the age of 75. After learning of the Grand Master’s passing, Pope Francis addressed a telegram to Lieutenant ad interim Fra’ Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas Boas. The following is a translation of the Pope’s telegram.
Having learnt the news of the passing of His Most Eminent Highness Frà Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, I wish to express my deepest condolences to the entire order. A zealous man of culture and of faith I recall his total fidelity to Christ and to the Gospel, and his generous commitment in carrying out his office with a spirit of service for the good of the Church, as well as his dedication to those who are suffering the most.
As I participate in your communal grief, I raise prayers of suffrage and I invoke the Divine Goodness for his soul and eternal peace. With these sentiments, I wholeheartedly send to you and to the Grand Magistry, as well as to the family members of the late Grand Master, my comforting Apostolic Blessing.