Pope Recalls Abbé Pierre's Charity

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VATICAN CITY, JAN. 23, 2007 (Zenit.org).- In a message of sympathy, Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude for Abbé Pierre's commitment to charity. The founder of the Emmaus Community died Monday at 94.



In a telegram addressed to Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, archbishop of Bordeaux and president of the French episcopal conference, the Pope gives thanks for the abbot's "activity for the poorest, by which he bore witness to the charity that comes from Christ."

The papal message entrusts "to divine mercy this priest whose whole life was dedicated to fighting poverty."

The Holy Father sent his apostolic blessing "to the family of the departed, to members of the communities of Emmaus, and to everyone gathering for the funeral."

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