BENEDICT XVI: RECALLING CARD. GANTIN, "SYNTHESIS BETWEEN AFRICAN CULTURE AND EVANGELICAL VALUES"” “” ” ” “

” ” A "human and priestly" personality who was able to make a "wonderful synthesis of the characteristics of the African soul and those which are typical of the Christian spirit, of African culture and identity and evangelical values": in that way, Pope Benedict XVI pointed out the figure of Card. Bernardin Gantin in the homily he pronounced this morning in Rome, during a Mass celebrated for his soul by Card. Angelo Sodano, Deacon of the College of Cardinals, together with other cardinals. The Pope described Card. Gantin as a "faithful and devote server of the Church for many years". He died last 13th May (the day in which the Madonna of Fatima is celebrated) in Paris, at the age of 86. "It is difficult to summarize, in short, the tasks, the pastoral duties and the jobs", said the Pope, which the cardinal fulfilled in these years. "He was – recalled the Pope – the first African clergyman to have covered roles of really high responsibility in the Roman Curia, and he always played them with his typical humble and simple style, whose secret would probably be found in the wise words which his mother used to repeat him when he became cardinal, on 27th June 1977: ‘Don’t you ever forget the faraway and small village we come from'”.

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