Vatican City, Nov 28, 2016 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the death of Jesuit Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, former head of the order, over the weekend, Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Society praising the priest’s fidelity and offering prayers for the repose of his soul.
“Learning of the news of the holy death of Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, I wish to express to you and to the entire Jesuit family my most sincere condolences,” the Pope said in a Nov. 28 letter.
Addressed to the current head of the Society, Fr. Arturo Sosa, the letter recalled the “integral fidelity” with which Fr. Kolvenbach served Christ and the Gospel, as well as his “generous commitment to exercising his ministry for the good of the Church.”
Francis offered his prayers for Fr. Kolvenbach, asking, through Divine Mercy, for “eternal peace for his soul.”
“Spiritually present in the rite of funerals, I cordially impart to you, to your brother (Jesuits) and to the many sharing in the sadness of this loss, my apostolic blessing.”
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