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Pope Francis mourns the death of Australian Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal George Pell (Photo credit: Vatican News)

Pope Francis mourned the death of Cardinal George Pell, upholding his cooperation with the Vatican.

In his telegram message, Pope Francis said, “I am sad for the news of the passing of the Cardinal, Prefect Emeritus of the Secretariat of the Economy.”

The Pope sent the condolence message in a telegram addressed to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, Dean of the College of Cardinals, for the death of Cardinal Pell in Rome on the late evening of January 10.

The cardinal died at 81 following cardiac complications after a hip surgery.

The Pope expressed his closeness to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, Dean of the College of Cardinals, the entire College of Cardinals, and members of Cardinal Pell’s family.

Pope Francis commended the late cardinal for his witness and work.

The late Cardinal Pell was the Vatican's third most influential person at the time and was entrusted with reforming the Vatican's finances by creating balance sheets, conducting audits, and trying to remove the Secretariat of State's grip on a large portion of the Vatican's assets.

The Pope prayed for the late Cardinal Pell, “this faithful servant, who unwaveringly followed his Lord with perseverance even in the hour of trial, may be received into the joy of heaven and receive the reward of eternal peace.” - With inputs from Vatican News


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