Benedict XVI Mourns for Brazilian Cardinal

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VATICAN CITY, DEC. 24, 2007 ( Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow upon hearing of the death of Brazilian Cardinal Aloísio Lorscheider, who died Sunday at 83.

The Pope sent two telegrams, one to Archbishop Dadeus Grings of Puerto Alegre, Brazil, and another to Father José Rodríguez Carballo, minister-general of the Order of Friars Minor, to which Cardinal Lorscheider belonged.

In the messages, the Holy Father recalled the cardinal's "constant and generous dedication" to the Church. He served as bishop of Santo Angelo and archbishop of Fortaleza and Aparecida, as well as a member of various Vatican congregations. He retired as archbishop of Aparecida in 2004. He also served as president of the Brazilian episcopal conference and the Latin American bishops' council.

"I offer fervent prayers for his soul," the Pontiff wrote, "so that God grants him eternal rest in the light of our savior, Jesus Christ."