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Polish cardinal dies ten days after Vatican sanctions

November 16, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, the retired Archbishop of Wroclaw, died on November 16 at the age of 97. His death came just after an announcement that the Vatican had taken disciplinary action against him because of sex-abuse offenses, and he will not have the usual archbishop’s privilege of a funeral and burial in the Wroclaw cathedral.
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, the future cardinal was named apostolic administrator of that archdiocese in 1970, and appointed Archbishop of Wroclaw in 1976, serving there until his retirement in 2004. He was raised to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

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