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Papal tribute at funeral for Cardinal Poggi

May 10, 2010

At the funeral of Cardinal Luigi Poggi, the former Vatican archivist, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that the Italian prelate had been a key figure in opening relations with the countries of the Soviet bloc. Cardinal Poggi served as a Vatican diplomat, under the direction of the Secretary of State, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, during the 1970s and 1980s, the Pope said; he was a key figure in negotiations between the Holy See and Poland. Later, as apostolic nuncio in Italy, he supervised the reorganization of that country's hierarchy. The Pope commended him for his years of dedicated service to the Holy See.


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