By ZENIT Staff

Here is the text of the telegram of condolences sent by Pope Francis to the Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine, the Most Reverend Father Alejandro Moral Anton, for the death yesterday of Maltese Cardinal Prosper Grech, O.S.A., of the Diakonia of Saint Maria Goretti, Docent Emeritus of several Roman Universities and Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who passed away Monday afternoon in Rome.

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Most Reverend Father

Alejandro Moral Anton, O.S.A.

Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine

Via Paolo VI, 25

00193 Rome

Having learned of the news of the passing away of the Venerable Cardinal Prosper Grech, I wish to express my sentiments of condolence to you, to the whole Augustinian Order and to the relatives of the dear Cardinal, for whom I have always had great esteem, be it for his personal witness of Christian and consecrated life, be it for his exemplary service in the formation of the new generations, especially of priests. In recalling the long and competent service carried out by him as docent in several Roman Universities, as well as that given to the Holy See, I raise my prayer of intercession so that the Lord will receive his soul in the Eternal Kingdom of light and peace, and I send you, the brethren and all those that mourn his death my heartfelt Apostolic Blessing.

Franciscus PP.

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

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