Vatican City, 26 March 2014 (VIS) – We publish below the full text of the telegram sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Holy Father, to Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, Spain, on the occasion of the funeral of Adolfo Suarez, prime minister of Spain from 1976 to 1981, who died on 23 March at the age of 81. The funeral was held in the Cathedral of Avila.

“Profoundly saddened by the news of the death of Mr. Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez, ex-president of the government of Spain, His Holiness conveys his most heartfelt condolences, and raises prayers to the Lord for the eternal repose of this distinguished figure in recent Spanish history. He imparts to the family and loved ones of the departed the comfort of his apostolic blessing, as a sign of Christian hope in the Risen Lord”.