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CARDINAL ROGER ETCHEGARAY REPRESENTS POPE AT CARDINAL CAN´S FUNERAL

Updated: May 21, 1990 05:00 PM GMT
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Cardinal Roger Etchegaray flew to Hanoi May 21 to represent Pope John Paul II at the funeral of the late Cardinal Trinh Van Can of Hanoi.

Cardinal Can, 69, died of a heart attack on May 18.

The funeral is scheduled for the morning of May 23 at the Hanoi Cathedral.

Cardinal Etchegaray is expected to spend a few days in Hanoi before returning to Rome.

The Pope and Cardinal Agostino Casaroli also sent sympathy messages to Vietnam Catholics.

Addressed to Bishop Nguyen Van Sang, Auxiliary Bishop of Hanoi, the Pope´s message read, "With deep feelings, I learned about the death of Cardinal Joseph Marie Trinh Van Can, Archbishop of Hanoi.

"In remembering his remarkable pastoral service to the church in your country, I commend with fervor his soul to God, praying that God would reward his years of labor and that he would be in God´s peace and in the company of the Virgin Mary, the Vietnamese Martyr Saints and all the righteous.

"To Hanoi archdiocese and to all those in mourning in Vietnam, I send you, with all my heart, my apostolic blessing and consolation."

In his message, Cardinal Casaroli also expressed his "fraternal condolence" to Vietnam Catholics.

-- Cardinal Trinh Van Can was the only cardinal in Vietnam. He was also appointed to administer the Archdiocese of Hue after the death of Archbishop Nguyen Kim Dien in June 1988.

This is the second trip to Vietnam for Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who made a historic visit to Vietnam July 1-13, 1989.

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