Vatican City, Apr 23, 2008 / 08:05 am
The Church continued to witness to the life of Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo today as it celebrated a funeral Mass and Pope Benedict delivered a homily praising his lifelong defense of the truth, especially of the family.
As he spoke to those gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica, Benedict XVI said, "The late cardinal drew his love for the truth about mankind and for the gospel of the family from the belief that each human being and each family reflects the mystery of God Who is Love.”
The Holy Father recalled the biography of Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, noting that he was the youngest cardinal created by John Paul II in the consistory of 1983. Among other notable accomplishments, the Pope highlighted the late cardinal’s priestly ordination in 1960, his work as auxiliary bishop of Bogota in the 1970s, as president of the Latin American Episcopal Council from 1979 to 1983, as president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia from 1987 to 1990 and his appointment as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family in 1990.
One of the qualities that the Colombian cardinal was known for was his “zeal and passion" with he worked during the 18 years he spent as the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Pope Benedict described him saying, "his tireless activity in safeguarding and promoting the family and Christian marriage" as well as "the courage with which he defended the non-negotiable values of human life".