Canada: Cardinal Gagnon passed away

Source: FSSPX News


Cardinal Edouard Gagnon, a Canadian, died in the night of August 25 to 26, at the Saint-Sulpice Seminary of Montreal. He was 89 years of age.

Edouard Gagnon was born on January 15, 1918, in Port-Daniel. He entered the Society of Saint-Sulpice, and was ordained a priest. He taught theology from 1945 to 1954, and took part in the Second Vatican Council as peritus. Paul VI appointed him bishop of Saint-Paul in Alberta (1969-1972). In 1972, he was called to Rome to be the rector of the Canadian Pontifical College, a charge he held until 1985. In 1985, he was created cardinal by John Paul II. He was president of the Pontifical Council for the Family until 1990 and president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congress, as Pope Benedict XVI recalled in his telegram of condolences.

In 1987, John Paul II entrusted to Cardinal Gagnon a mission of mediation with Archbishop Lefebvre, the founder of the SSPX. (Sources: Cipa/AP)