On April 10, Cardinal Edward Cassidy, who would have turned 97 years old in July, died in Australia.
The Pope has sent this telegram of condolences to the nuncio in Australia, in which he recalls the years that Cardinal Cassidy worked to promote relations between Christian confessions.
Edward Cassidy served as a Vatican diplomat in India, Bangladesh, and Taiwan.
John Paul II appointed him number 3 of the Vatican, in 1988, and a year later, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
There they recall their work to boost relations with the Orthodox and Lutherans, which culminated in the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification with the Lutheran World Federation.
He had been retired since 2001. With his death, the number of cardinals drops to 225 of which 126 are voters.