Syrian-born cardinal, 81, dies in Rome


Salon Staff
April 7, 2012 7:54PM (UTC)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican Radio says Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, a Syrian-born prelate and Eastern rite patriarch who headed a major Vatican office before retirement, has died in a Rome hospital. He was 81.

In 2000, Pope John Paul II named Daoud to lead the Congregation of Eastern Churches, a post previously held by cardinals of the Latin rite. While Eastern rite churches are loyal to the pope, their ceremonies are similar to those of Orthodox rites.

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At his death, Daoud held the title of patriarch emeritus of the church of the Syrians. Pope Benedict XVI, in a condolence message after the death Saturday, noted that people in the Middle East are "living through difficult times," a reference to the uprising in Syria.


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