(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Roberto Tucci died Tuesday night in Rome. His 94th birthday would have been 19 April. Having been Director General of Vatican Radio from 1973 to 1985, he was made a cardinal by Pope St. John Paul II on February 21, 2001. He also served as the organizer of all Pope John Paul II’s papal visits.
Cardinal Tucci joined the Jesuits and was ordained a priest in 1950 after having earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
He taught for several years at the Theological Faculty of San Luigi in Naples, serving also as director of the Jesuit periodical, Civiltà Cattolica, from 1959 to 1973.
During the Second Vatican Council, Cardinal Tucci played a major role in the Council’s preparatory documents and in its various sessions as a Theological Expert.
His contribution was invaluable for the final edition of the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et spes.
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