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Cardinal Prospero Grech dies

Cardinal Prospero Grech died at the age of 94. Cardinal Grech lived with the Augustinian community in Rome and died in the afternoon shortly after being admitted in hospital.

Cardinal Prospero Grech, who was born on Christmas eve in 1925 at Vittoriosa, was the second Maltese Cardinal in the Catholic Church history.

Mgr Grech was ordained Bishop at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on the 8th February 2012 by Archbishop Pawlu Cremona and was given the personal title of Titular Archbishop of San Leone at the Basilicata in Italy. He was appointed Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on the 18th February.

His emblem represented Malta’s cross and the Augustinian emblem with the crosier and the cross.

He served in the Augustinian Order as the first President of the Augustinian Patristic Institute of St Augustine Order in 1971; and worked in various foreign universities and pontifical commissions. In the 60s, Cardinal Grech also acted as a mediator between the Labour Party and the Holy See.

On the 13 December 2011, Republic Day, Fr Prospero Grech was honoured by President George Abela as a Companion of the National Order of Merit.

Cardinal Grech’s hobbies included photography. He had told TVM that he started taking photos 70 years ago and had studied photography.

The Maltese Augustinian Province, the Maltese bishops, the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party saluted the memory of Cardinal Prospero Grech.

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