XVI sent his own personal letter of condolence to Cardinal Dionigi
Tettamanzi, who is Archbishop of Milan, recalling the 82-year old
prelate who died yesterday.
In his letter,
the Holy Father praised "the profound spirituality and generous
episcopal commitment that characterized the ministry of the lamented
prelate," and asked the Lord "to welcome him in eternal joy as a good
and faithful servant, rewarding his constant dedication to spreading
the Gospel and his devotion to the Most Holy Virgin Mary."
announced today that Cardinal Tettamanzi will preside at Archbishop
Macchi's funeral, which is scheduled to be held in the Duomo of Milan
on Saturday April 8.
Nicora, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the
Apostolic See will attend the funeral in place of the Holy Father.
prominent Catholics--particularly in Italy--are mourning the death
today of Archbishop Pasquale Macchi, prelate emeritus of Loretto, Italy
and former personal secretary to Pope Paul VI.