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Giving Thanks for Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez (1926-2021)

THOMAS COEXCardinal Jorge Medina Estevez of Chile, the senior cardinal deacon, announces from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica the name of Germany’s Joseph Ratzinger as the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church April 19, 2005 at the Vatican.

COMMENTARY: Aside from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, no curial cardinal achieved more on critically important issues than did the Chilean cardinal, who died Oct. 3.