CNA Staff, Oct 6, 2023 / 12:25 pm
Pope Francis sent a message of condolence following the death of Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi, India, in an Oct. 5 telegram to the local Church in India.
“Having learned with sadness of the death of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, archbishop emeritus of Ranchi, please accept my heartfelt condolences, which I extend also to the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the archdiocese,” Pope Francis said.
Toppo died at the age of 84 following three months in the hospital, finally succumbing to cardiac arrest on Oct. 4, according to Vatican News.
Toppo was the “first and only cardinal of the tribal communities of Asia,” Archbishop Andrews Thazhath, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, said in an Oct. 5 letter following his death.