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Longtime Vatican diplomat dies after long illness

VATICAN (SE): Ivan Cardinal Dias, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples before his retirement in 2011, died on June 19 in Rome after a long illness at the age of 81, CNS reported.
 
Pope Francis called the longtime Vatican diplomat, a “wise and gentle pastor” who served the Church and Vatican faithfully for almost five decades.
 

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