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Cardinal Nichols leads Catholic community in mourning death of Prince Philip at age 99

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CNA Staff, Apr 9, 2021 / 05:53 am America/Denver (CNA).

Cardinal Vincent Nichols led the Catholic community Friday in mourning the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99.

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said April 9: “At this moment of sadness and loss I pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, Her Majesty the Queen’s faithful and loyal husband. I pray for the Queen and all of the Royal Family.”

“How much we will miss Prince Philip’s presence and character, so full of life and vigor. He has been an example of steadfast loyalty and duty cheerfully given. May he rest in peace.”

Other Catholic bishops expressed their condolences on social media.

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, western England, said on Twitter: “We were all deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip. We pray for the repose Prince Philip’s soul and for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time of personal loss.”

Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna wrote that he was praying for the late prince and offered condolences to Queen Elizabeth.

“I join the thousands of Maltese and Gozitans in our prayers for the late Prince Philip, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, expressing our heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family. May he rest in peace,” he said.

The Order of Malta in Britain also paid tribute to the prince, writing on Twitter: “The Order of Malta in Great Britain unites our prayers with those of people across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for the repose of the soul of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.”

The death of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, was announced by Buckingham Palace.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Prince Philip, who was given the title of Duke of Edinburgh on his wedding day, traveled to the Vatican with Queen Elizabeth on April 3, 2014. During a meeting with Pope Francis, he presented the pope with a hamper that included a bottle of Balmoral whisky.

The prince, who retired from royal duties in 2017, also met with John XXIII, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI during their pontificates, reported Vatican News.

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