The retired Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, former Dean of the College of Cardinals, died at the age of 94. This information was received by the Vaticanists in Rome. Earlier on Friday, the religious website Il Sismografo reported that the cardinal was in critical condition.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, a long-time close associate of St. John Paul II, former dean of the College of Cardinals. This information was received by the Vaticanists in Rome.
Information about the death of Cardinal Sodano was provided on social media by, among others, Vaticanist Francesco Antonio Grana from the Italian daily “Il Fatto Quotidiano”.
Earlier that day, the media reported that Cardinal Sodano was seriously ill with COVID-19, which overlapped with other comorbidities.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano is the former dean of the College of Cardinals and a former longtime associate of St. John Paul II as the secretary of state of the Holy See. He also held this office for over a year of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, until September 2006.
In 2019 Pope Francis accepted his resignation as dean of the College of Cardinals.
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