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Pope praises cardinal who led Church during Chile's transition

Pope John Paul II has paid tribute to the late Chilean Cardinal Juan Francisco Fresno Larrain of Santiago, who as "a zealous pastor who, with prudence and pastoral charity, served his people and the church."

The cardinal, widely praised for his calm leadership during Chile's transition to democracy in the 1980s, died on Thursday at the age of 90.

The Archdiocese of Santiago said the cardinal died at home of renal failure after a long illness.

His funeral is scheduled to take place tomorrow in the Santiago cathedral.

His death leaves the College of Cardinals with 188 members, 122 of whom are under age 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a papal conclave.

Pope praises late Cardinal Fresno, who led during Chile's transition (Catholic News Service 15/10/04)

Juan Fresno, cardinal in Chile (San Jose Mercury News 26/10/04)
Cardinal Juan Francisco Fresno (The Independent 16/10/04)
Telegram for the death of Cardinal Fresno Larrain (Vatican Information Service 15/10/04)
Juan Francisco Cardinal Fresno Larraín (
Congerencia Episcopal de Chile | Cardenal Errázuriz despide a Mons. Fresno: "puso la mano en el arado sin mirar atrás" | Archdiocese of Santiago

18 Oct 2004