Cardinal Ivan Dias dies in Rome

He was born on 14 April, 1936 in Mumbai and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Bombay on December 8, 1958.

Cardinal Ivan Dias

Senior Indian Cardinal Ivan Cornelius Dias, former prefect of Vatican’s Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, died in Rome June 19 night. He was 81.

The last rites of the cardinal, who was archbishop of Bombay from 1996 to 2006, will be conducted in Rome, reports from Mumbai said.

Cardinal Ivan has been under medication and rest in Rome since 2011, when he retired from Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples.

Born in 1936 in Mumbai, he was ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Bombay in 1958.

He has been a leading Vatican diplomat. After entering the Holy See’s diplomatic service in 1964, he was posted to the Nordic countries, Indonesia, Madagascar, La Réunion, the Comorros, Mauritius and also the Secretariat of State.

In 1982, he was named the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Ghana, Togo and Benin, and received episcopal ordination on 19 June. He later served as Apostolic Nuncio in Korea (1987-91) and Albania (1991-97).

On 8 November 1996 he was appointed Archbishop of Bombay, which he served until 2006, until moving to the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Saint Pope John Paul made him a cardinal 2001.

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