Vatican City, Sep 8, 2020 / 04:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis paid tribute Monday to a cardinal whose life was intertwined with that of St. John Paul II.
The pope said in a telegram Sept. 7 that Cardinal Marian Jaworski would be remembered as an “extraordinarily just, sincere, courageous man who, above all, loved the Church.”
“He left a worthy testimony of priestly zeal, of erudition, of fidelity to the Gospel and of responsibility for the community of believers,” the pope wrote.
Jaworski died Sept. 5, two weeks after his 94th birthday. He was the first rector of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Kraków. Later, as the archbishop of Lviv, he helped to restore the Catholic Church in Ukraine following the collapse of communism.
The pope’s condolence message was addressed to Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski of Kraków, the Polish city where Jaworski died and was an honorary citizen.