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Cardinal Ambrozic, retired Archbishop of Toronto, dead at 81

Catholic World News - August 26, 2011

Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, the retired Archbishop of Toronto, died on August 26 at the age of 81, after a long illness.

Aloysius Ambrozic was born in Slovenia, but his family was displaced during World War II and immigrated to Canada in 1948. He was ordained a priest of the Toronto archdiocese in 1955, became an auxiliary bishop there in 1976, and was appointed in coadjutor archbishop a decade later. In 1990 he succeeded Cardinal Gerald Carter as Archbishop of Toronto. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 1998. He retired in 2006, just short a few weeks short of his 77th birthday.

With the death of Cardinal Ambrozic there are now 194 living members of the College of Cardinals, of whom 114 are under the age of 80 and thus eligible to vote in a papal conclave.

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  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Aug. 27, 2011 12:49 AM ET USA

    Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

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