Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "The contribution to the spiritual and physical reconstruction of the suffering Church in Albania and the missionary zeal demonstrated in his work as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples" of Cardinal Ivan Dias, (See Fides, 20/6/2017), were recalled by the Holy Father in a condolence message to the late cardinal’s brother Francis Dias.
The Pope presents his condolences to his family members and joins the prayers of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Bombay, "where the pastoral concern and broad apostolic vision that marked his service as Archbishop are fondly remembered". Finally, the Pope commends the soul of this "wise and gentle pastor "to the merciful love of God our heavenly Father and imparts the Apostolic Blessing.
The Cardinal’s funeral will be celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica today at 3 pm, presided by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals. At the end, the Pope will preside over the rite of the Final Commendation and Farewell. Cardinal Dias will be buried in the Chapel of Propaganda Fide at Verano cemetery in Rome. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 21/6/2017)