Pope Francis is sadened by death of Zambia's cardinal, Medardo Mazombwe
The Holy father on Friday sent a message of condolence to the Archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, Telesphore following the death of Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe. Cardinal Mazombwe died Thursday night after a long battle with cancer. He was Zambia’s first indigenous cardinal. In his telegram, the Holy Father said he admired Cardinal Mazombwe’s “unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel in Africa and his tireless efforts on behalf of the poor.” Find below a full text of the telegramme
PAPA FRANCESCO Telegramma per la morte del cardinale Mazombwe The Most Reverend Telesphore George Mpundu Archbishop of Lusaka I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, Archbishop Emeritus of Lusaka. I offer to you, the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese my heartfelt condolences and the assurance of my prayers. With gratitude to Almighty God, I recall his unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel in Africa and his tireless efforts on behalf of the poor. I join you and all who mourn Cardinal Mazombwe in praying that God the Father of mercies may grant him the reward of his labours and welcome his noble soul into the peace and joy of heaven. To all assembled for the solemn funeral Mass, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of strength and consolation in the Lord.