Church mourns death of Cardinal Edward Cassidy

Cardinal Edward Cassidy (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

The Church – in Australia and globally – is mourning the death of Cardinal Edward Cassidy, who died on Saturday in Newcastle at the age of 96. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

After being ordained to the priesthood, Cardinal Cassidy served in parish ministry in Wagga Wagga Diocese before heading to Rome for ongoing study. Once he completed his additional training, he spent nearly 30 years serving as a Vatican diplomat in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa.

He was later appointed to the Secretariat of State, where he served for almost two years in a role equivalent to the Pope’s chief of staff.

He was named president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in 1989 and elevated to the rank of cardinal in 1991. He retired from the Pontifical Council in 2001 at the age of 76.

Cardinal Cassidy was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1990 in “recognition of service to religion and to international affairs”.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said Cardinal Cassidy’s friendly and down-to-earth style were among his hallmarks while serving at the Vatican.

While Cardinal Cassidy was highly regarded for several reasons, it was at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity that he “shone”, Archbishop Coleridge said.

“Cardinal Cassidy showed not only diplomatic skill and political astuteness, but also human authenticity and common sense,” he said.

“There was a simplicity in it all – the simplicity of a man called to high office in the Church but with his eyes firmly on Jesus Christ.”


Church mourns death of Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy (ACBC Media Blog)


Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy spearheaded ecumenical, interfaith efforts (The Catholic Weekly)

Australian Cardinal and former Vatican official Edward Cassidy dies aged 96 (The Age)

Cardinal Cassidy, Vatican’s former top ecumenist, dies at 96 (CNS)

Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy dead at 96 (The Australian)

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