Vatican City, Mar 29, 2022 / 09:20 am
Pope Francis has his offered condolences after the death of the Egyptian Cardinal Antonios Naguib.
Naguib died in Cairo on March 28, nearly 10 years after he retired as the Patriarch of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Catholic Church, for health reasons. He was 87 years old.
In a message sent by the pope to Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, the current Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, Pope Francis recalled Naguib’s “faith and priestly zeal” and his prioritization of priestly formation.
“I think of his generous commitment in the field of development and social service; he founded an apostolate group dedicated to the service of the needy and suffering,” Pope Francis wrote in the message published on March 29.