VATICAN CITY, 17 FEB 2009 (VIS) - Benedict XVI has sent the following English-language telegram, made public yesterday afternoon, to Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jinsuk, archbishop of Seoul, Korea, for the death of Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, archbishop emeritus of the same see. The cardinal died yesterday at the age of 86.
"Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to all the people of Korea. Recalling with gratitude Cardinal Kim's long years of devoted service to the Catholic community in Seoul and his many years of faithful assistance to the Holy Father as a member of the College of Cardinals, I join you in praying that God our merciful Father will grant him the reward of his labours and welcome his noble soul into the joy and peace of the heavenly kingdom. To Cardinal Kim's relatives and all assembled for the solemn Mass of Christian burial I cordially impart my apostolic blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the Lord".
TGR/DEATH KIM SOU-HWAN/JINSUK VIS 20090217 (190)