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Cardinal Ivan Dias Goes To His Eternal Home

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ROME, JUNE19: Cardinal Ivan Dias passed away in Rome on June 19, 2017.  He was 81.

His  mortal  remains  were  laid  to  rest  on  June  22,  at  Verona Cemetery, Rome.

The Funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, 21 June. It was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of College of Cardinals, joined by several Cardinals, including the CBCI President, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Cardinal Telesphore Toppo and others. The final prayers of the funeral Rites were offered by Pope Francis.

Cardinal Ivan Dias entered into diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1964. He was ordained Bishop in 1982. He served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See as Nuncio in Ghana, Togo, Benin, South Korea and Albania.

He was appointed Archbishop of Bombay in 1996 and was raised to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2001.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Prefect of the Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples on 20th May, 2006, the post he held with distinction till he retired from active service in 2011.

Cardinal Ivan Dias was an illustrious son of India, who served the Universal Church as a prelate and shepherd.

After his retirement, he continued to live in Rome till his death. May his soul rest in peace!

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