Italian Cardinal Corti, popular spiritual guide, dies at 84
Cardinal Renato Corti, a popular retreat master and spiritual director, has died at the age of 84.
In a condolence message, Pope Francis said he remembered “with affection and admiration this brother who served the Lord Jesus and the Church with exemplary dedication.”
Cardinal Corti engaged in an “intense spiritual and pastoral ministry without sparing himself, but rather giving himself for the Gospel,” the pope said. Everything he did was “animated by a passionate desire to communicate the Gospel of Christ.”
Retired as the bishop of Novara in 2011, he was named a cardinal by Pope Francis in October 2016, seven months after he celebrated his 80th birthday. The pope had chosen him to write the Good Friday Way of the Cross meditations in 2015, which he styled as an exercise for people to imagine what Jesus was thinking and feeling as he endured his passion.
Cardinal Corti’s death on 12th May leaves the College of Cardinals with 222 members, 122 of whom are under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to enter a conclave to elect a new pope.
Picture: Cardinal Renato Corti, a popular retreat master and spiritual director, died on 12th May 2020, at the age of 84. He is pictured in a 2016 photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).