Pope sends ‘heartfelt condolences’ to Queen

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth  present gifts to Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2014 (CNS/Maria Grazia Picciarella, pool)

Pope Francis has offered his “heartfelt condolences” to Queen Elizabeth over the death of her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Source: The Tablet.

In a telegram to the Queen, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin says: “Saddened to learn of the death of your husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, His Holiness Pope Francis offers heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty and the members of the Royal Family.

“Recalling Prince Philip's devotion to his marriage and family, his distinguished record of public service and his commitment to the education and advancement of future generations, His Holiness commends him to the merciful love of Christ our Redeemer.”

The Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols, speaking on Saturday at a Requiem Mass for Prince Philip, said: “Every family in grief needs comfort and support, and none more so than a grieving wife, our Queen. May our prayers contribute to her comfort and support.”

Referring to the Queen's Christmas message last year, he continued: “She spoke of the darkness of the months of almost total lockdown that we were living through at that time. She spoke of ‘Jesus, the light of the world’ and the light given by so many who, in selfless duty put the lives of others above their own.

“Surely these words of Her Majesty may be applied to her beloved husband, Prince Philip. His long, long life is marked by many achievements. They are being gratefully recalled in these days: achievements for young people, for engineering, for the environment, in the defence of our nation, for so many charitable causes.”

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Pope sends 'heartfelt condolences' to Queen (By Ruth Gledhill, The Tablet)

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