Expressing his condolences in a telegramme, Pope Francis says the late-Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo gave his life to the service of God and the Church.
Pope Francis sent a telegramme of condolence for the death of Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, SDB, Archbishop-emeritus of Managua in Nicaragua. Cardinal Bravo died on Sunday at the age of 92. The Pope expressed his sorrow to the “beloved Archdiocese” of Managua upon receiving news of the Cardinal’s death. He recalled Cardinal Bravo’s “generous fidelity” and said he “gave his life to the service of God and of the Church.”
“I offer prayers for the eternal repose of his soul, so that the Lord Jesus may grant him the crown of unfading glory,” said Pope Francis. With his death, the College of Cardinals is composed of 212 Cardinals, 115 of whom are Cardinal-electors and 97 non-electors.
Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, S.D.B., Archbishop emeritus of Managua (Nicaragua), was born on 2 February 1926 in La Libertad, Nicaragua, in the actual diocese of Juigalpa. After having attended the Salesian College of Granada he obtained a baccalaureate in Latin and Greek; in San Salvador he received a doctorate in mathematics, physics and philosophy. After entering the Salesians he studied theology in Guatemala and thereafter vocational psychology in Colombia, in Venezuela and in Rome. He was ordained a priest on 10 August 1958 and was professor of mathematics and physics in the superior schools of Nicaragua and El Salvador; Prefect of discipline of the Salesian seminary of San Salvador (1959); Rector of the Rinaldi Institute; Member of the provincial council for Central America of the Congregation (1962); Delegate for Central America and Panama at the XIX General Chapter of the Salesians which was held in Rome in 1965.
On 16 February 1970 he was nominated Archbishop of Managua, taking possession of the archdiocese on 4 April 1970.
He was delegate of the Nicaraguan Bishops for the General Assembly of the Synod of 1971; President of the Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference for 6 different terms from 1971-1997 and then again in 1999; President of the Bishops’ Secretariat of Central America and Panama from 1976-1980; President of the Department for Religious of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference from 1981 to 1985. Many international organizations have given him prestigious recognition for his uninterrupted pastoral and humanitarian work.