Cardinal Daoud with Pope John Paul II, screenshot from the Salt + Light TV blog
Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, the former patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church, died in Rome on April 7, the morning of Holy Saturday, reports the Catholic News Agency.
Pope Benedict remembered the 81-year-old cardinal in prayer and praised him in a telegram to the current Syrian patriarch, Ignace Youssif II Younan.
“I wish to express to you my union in prayer with your Patriarchal Church, with the family of the deceased cardinal and with all those who are affected by this bereavement,” the Pope said.
The Pope prayed that God will welcome “this faithful pastor” into his joy and peace. He said the cardinal “dedicated himself with faith and generosity to the service of the People of God.”
Cardinal, former Syrian Patriarch, dies in Rome (Catholic News Agency)
Screenshot from the Salt + Light TV blog