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A discreet funeral for Cardinal Sodano

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cardinal sodano's funeral in saint peter's basilica


I.Media for Aleteia - published on 05/31/22 - updated on 05/31/22

The funeral of Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State during the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, was celebrated in relative discretion at St. Peter's Basilica.

Four days after his death at the age of 94, the funeral of the former Secretary of State of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, a central figure in the government of the Church for three decades, took place on May 31, 2022 at St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis was present in the front row, in a wheelchair, and 36 cardinals and about 40 bishops concelebrated the Mass, which was not broadcast by Vatican Media.

The ceremony was presided over by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, current Dean of the Sacred College, who has succeeded Cardinal Sodano in that office in 2019. The two men knew each other well: Cardinal Re was in fact the substitute of the Secretariat of State from 1989 to 2000 and therefore worked closely with Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State from 1990 to 2006, during the last decade of the 20th century.

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