Colombian Cardinal Jose Pimiento dead at 100
Colombian Cardinal Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez, who participated in the Second Vatican Council, has died at the age of 100.
Before his death on 3rd September, Cardinal Pimiento, the retired archbishop of Manizales, was the oldest cardinal in the world.
In a statement released after his death, the Colombian bishops’ conference said it mourned the cardinal’s death and praised him “for his contribution to peace in the country” as well as his efforts in “raising awareness for the common good and development” of his people.
“The bishops raise prayers for him and give thanks to God for his vocational witness and long life, as well as express their fraternal condolences to the family of the cardinal and the clergy of the Archdiocese of Bucaramanga,” the bishops’ conference said.
According to Vatican News, Cardinal Pimiento’s nephew, Julio Cesar Pimiento, told journalists the cardinal suffered a heart attack in the town of Floridablanca, in the Archdiocese of Bucaramanga. Cardinal Pimiento died in his residence at Casa San Jose, a retreat house for diocesan priests.
Picture: Colombian Cardinal Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez, who participated in the Second Vatican Council, died at the age of 100 on 3rd September 2019. Cardinal Pimiento is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy El Mensajero).