Pope Francis, upon learning of the death of Cardinal Desmond Connell, has this morning sent a telegram to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin.
The text of the telegram reads:
To the Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Desmond
Connell, and I extend my heartfelt condolences to you and to the clergy,
religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese.
Recalling with gratitude
Cardinal Connell’s years of generous priestly and episcopal ministry to
the Archdiocese of Dublin, and his many contributions to the Church in
Ireland, especially in the area of philosophical studies, I join you in
commending his soul to the merciful love of Almighty God.
In the sure hope of the Resurrection, I cordially impart my Apostolic
Blessing upon all who mourn the late Cardinal, as a pledge of
consolation and peace in the Lord Jesus.