Cardinal dies just before beatification

2011-05-01 17:38

Vatican City - An 80-year-old Spanish cardinal in Rome for the beatification of late pope John Paul II died of a heart attack on Sunday shortly before the start of the ceremony, I.MEDIA news agency reported.

Agustin Garcia Gasco Vicente was a former archbishop of Valencia, who was made cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. He was taken ill ahead of the ceremony and rushed to a hospital near the Vatican where he died.

After his death, there are now 198 cardinals of the Catholic Church.

He served as a religious adviser to the Spanish government and retired from the diocese of Valencia in January 2009 just before turning 78.

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-05-01 18:11

    Let the process of beatification start. S/he was a good man.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-02 01:47

    I wonder if he excepted Jesus as his Saviour? else cardinal or no cardinal he is a goner.

      maceye - 2011-05-02 08:44

      yes, you ignorant twit, each time we go to mass.

  • jaycee - 2011-05-02 08:46

    He was a religious adviser to the Spanish government??!! Is that the way governments function in predominantly Catholic countries? Why would a government need such an adviser?

  • zaatheist - 2011-05-02 09:23

    Oh where is a god when you really need one. I have examined all of the known superstitions of the world and I do not find in our superstitions of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all founded on fables and mythology. Christianity has made one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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