VATICAN CITY, FEB 10,. 2004 (VIS) - Upon the death yesterday in Rome at the age of 93 of Cardinal Opilio Rossi, president emeritus of the Cardinals' Commission for the Pontifical Shrines of Pompeii, Loreto and Bari, the Holy Father sent the following telegram to Mrs. Giovanni Belli, a relative of the cardinal's. A similar telegram was sent to Bishop Luciano Monari of Piacenza-Bobbio.
"Upon learning of the sad news of the death of your beloved relative, Cardinal Opilio Rossi, I would like to express heartfelt condolences to you and the family members and to all who knew and loved the late cardinal, a faithful collaborator of the Holy See for so many years and, in particular, apostolic nuncio and president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. I offer fervent prayers to God, Father of Mercy, so that He embrace this zealous servant of the Gospel, granting him the eternal prize promised to the just and I impart the apostolic blessing upon you and all those who are in mourning."
The cardinal's funeral will be celebrated on Friday, February 13 at 11 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica at the Altar of Confession. The liturgy will be presided by the Holy Father who will give the homily and the rite of the "Ultima Commendatio" and the "Valedictio." Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, will concelebrate the Mass with other cardinals.
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