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Cardinal Loris Capovilla passes away at 100-years-old

2016-05-26

He was 100-years-old and passed away today in Bergamo, Italy. Cardinal Loris Capovilla was granted the privilege to witness the history of the Church. Especially, due to his closeness with Pope John XXIII, whom he saw become a saint on April 27, 2014.

He began working with Giuseppe Roncalli in 1953, when he was still the patriarch of Venice. When he was elected Pope, Loris Capovilla continued to be his secretary in Rome.

With John XXIII, he lived near the Second Vatican Council and remained with him until he died in 1963. Since then, he went on to write about the life and work of the Good Pope.

Loris Capovilla was ordained a priest in 1940 and was a military chaplain during World War II. He was appointed bishop in 1967 and archbishop in 1971, Pope Francis made him a Cardinal in 2014.

He was the oldest cardinal and the fourth oldest bishop in the world. With his death the College of Cardinals happens to have 213 members, of which only 114 are under 80-years-old and are entitled to participate in an eventual conclave.



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