Cardinal Angelo Sodano dies, Pope condolences

Cardinal Sodano, 94, died Friday (27/05/22) at Columbus Hospital, part of the Jemelie Polyclinic in Rome, from pneumonia caused by Kovid 19.

Joey Cariveli, Vatican City

Pope Benedict extends condolences on the death of former Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano

Kovid was diagnosed with pneumonia 19 and died Friday (27/05/22) evening at Columbus Hospital, part of the Jemelli Polyclinic in Rome.

In his condolences, Pope Benedict XVI expresses his condolences on the services rendered by Cardinal Sodano to the Holy See during the reigns of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The pope says he has thus received the services of Cardinal Sodano, who has also been ordained deacon of the cardinals’ group. From 2005 to 2019 he was deacon of the cardinals. The pope also praised Cardinal Sodano’s exemplary and dedicated work in the Roman Curia in his delicate mission as Secretary of State for the Vatican. The pope adds that he was a well-disciplined, loving pastor who was inspired by the desire to spread the leaven of the gospel everywhere.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State from 1991 to 2006, was born on November 23, 1927, in Italy.

With the death of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the number of members of the cardinal’s staff dropped to 208. Of these, 117 are cardinals with the right to vote for the pope. The remaining 91 do not have this right as they have reached the age limit of 80 years.