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MULTITUDE GATHERS TO PAY HOMAGE TO PERUVIAN CATHOLIC LEADER

Lima, 16 (NE) With a Eucharist celebration, more than three thousand faithful commemorated last Tuesday the first month of the death of the Peruvian layman and Catholic leader, German Doig Klinge. Doig, one of the most prestigious laymen in Latin America, was Vicar General of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae and International coordinator of the Christian Life Movement. L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, in a recent article highlighted him as an "apostle of the new evangelization".

Members of the Sodalitium, of religious congregations and ecclesial movements, together with over forty Bishops and priests, where present at the Mass, which was also followed by faithful through screens placed outside the church of Our Lady of Reconciliation, in Lima. In other cities of America and Europe, members of the Sodalite Family and faithful who knew him gathered to commemorate the first month of his passing. In Rome, the Mass was presided by Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, while in Medellin (Colombia) Archbishop Alberto Giraldo Jaramillo of Medellin, President of the Bishops' Conference, also presided a Eucharist celebration.

In Lima, where the main celebration took place, the Mass was presided by Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani. Also present were the Apostolic Nuncio in Peru, Archbishop Rino Passigato, Archbishop Isaias Duarte of Cali (Colombia) and the Bishop of Callao and Secretary of the Peruvian Bishops' Conference, Miguel Irizar. Attending the celebration was Luis Fernando Figari, Superior General of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae and founder of the Christian Life Movement.

During his homily, Cardinal Cipriani stressed that the presence of so many Bishops, priests and lay people "speaks to us of the fruits of German's life". The Archbishop of Lima also recalled that all Christians are called to holiness, and that Doig through his life had always aimed to answer that call. Cardinal Cipriani also highlighted several virtues of German Doig, among them his humility and his profound devotion to the Virgin. He recalled finally his "work in favor of the evangelization of culture", being a "man of a mature Christian thought".

A member of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity, Doig was invited by Pope John Paul II both to attend the General Assembly of the Latin American Bishops' Council in 1992 and the Synod of America, held in Rome in 1998.

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