VATICAN ( -- Pope John Paul II presided today at the funeral of Cardinal Alberto Bovone, who died on April 17 after a long illness.

      The Holy Father praised Cardinal Bovone for his wisdom, discretion, and energy in carrying out the work of the Vatican, where he had worked in the Roman Curia since 1951. Cardinal Bovone was prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints when he died. He had been elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul in February, but-- too ill to attend the conclave-- actually received his red hat from Cardinal Angelo Sodano in his room at Gemelli Hospital.

      The death of Cardinal Bovone leaves 118 cardinals eligible to vote in a papal conclave.

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April 21, 1998 volume 9, no. 77         DAILY CATHOLIC