The Covid-19 continues to claim victims, including among religious leaders. Already ill for several years, Brazilian cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid died on Wednesday January 13, a week after being tested positive for the new coronavirus and the day after his admission to hospital. Aged 88, Cardinal Scheid was Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro from 2001 to 2009. In 2003, he received the cardinal bar from the hands of John Paul II, allowing him to participate in the 2005 conclave, before be already too old for that of 2013.
“To remember this brother is to speak of his dedication and concern for the formation of the clergy, in addition to his encouragement to evangelization and to the organization of pastoral care., reacted the presidency of the Conference of Bishops of Brazil to the announcement of his death. We thank God for the life of Don Eusébio and for his 60 years of priestly ministry, including 40 years of episcopal ministry. “
Bishops still in office
With the death of the Archbishop Emeritus of Rio de Janeiro, the College of Cardinals now has 227 members. Among them, 128 would be voters in the event of a conclave, while 99 would not be, either if they had reached the age limit of 80, or if they had been stripped of this prerogative – which is currently the case. only for Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
The Brazilian cardinal is not the only recent victim of Covid-19 among Catholic officials. Archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland, since 2012, Bishop Philip Tartaglia also succumbed to this epidemic on Wednesday January 13. ” He was a gentle and caring pastor who combined compassion with a brilliant intellectsaid Bishop Hugh Gilbert, Bishop of Aberdeen and President of the National Episcopal Conference, in reaction to the death of the 70-year-old bishop. His contribution to the work of the Scottish Bishops’ Conference over the past sixteen years has been significant and his wisdom and spirit will be sorely missed. “
“A word of wisdom, kindness and gentleness”
Decidedly murderous, Wednesday January 13 also saw the death of Moses Hamungole, bishop of the diocese of Monze (Zambia), also died at the age of 53 from complications following his infection with the coronavirus. At the time of his episcopal appointment in 2014 by Pope Francis, Bishop Hamungole was responsible for the sections of programs for English-speaking Africa and in Kiswahili of Vatican Radio (since integrated into the portal Vatican News).
Finally, Mgr Florentin Crihalmeanu, bishop of the Greco-Catholic eparchy of Cluj-Gherla (Romania) also died of Covid-19, in the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12. In a statement, his eparchy saluted the memory of his late 61-year-old bishop ” whose word of wisdom, kindness and gentleness was useful and a support for all those around him ”.