Italian Cardinal Sardi dies at 84
Italian Cardinal Paolo Sardi, a former official in the Vatican Secretariat of State, died in Rome on 13th July at the age of 84.
Pope Francis, offering his condolences, praised the cardinal’s “edifying witness,” intelligence and wisdom. His “tireless and careful work” at the Vatican contributed greatly to articulating and sharing the teaching of St Paul VI, Pope John Paul, St John Paul II and retired Pope Benedict XVI, he said.
A “good and watchful servant,” he was faithful to his episcopal motto, “Esto vigilans,” (Be vigilant), the pope said.
A longtime official at the Vatican Secretariat of State, he co-ordinated the office that edited papal texts and speeches.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone presided over Cardinal Sardi’s funeral Mass on 15th July in St Peter’s Basilica and Pope Francis presided over the final commendation and farewell.
Cardinal Sardi had served from 2004 to 2011 as vice chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, a position that involves special duties when a pope dies. In fact, he was among those present for the ceremony verifying the death of St John Paul in 2005.
Picture: Cardinal Paolo Sardi is pictured at a Mass with new cardinals in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in this 21st November 2010 file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: Cardinal, Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Cardinal Sardi, dies, Italian, Pope, Pope Francis, rome