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Breaking news: Cardinal Caffarra dies, 79.

 Cardinal Caffarra celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass in 2010. (Source)

Various news agencies are now reporting that Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, has died. He was 79.

He was one of the four Cardinal signatories to the "dubia" to Pope Francis regarding Amoris Laetitia. With his death, the only signatories still alive are Cardinals Walter Brandmuller (nearly 89) and Raymond Burke, 69.

Caffarra was the founder the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, and will always be identified with the attempts of the John Paul II papacy to shore up Catholic teaching on family and life.

He was also one of the very few Italian Cardinals to publicly celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass [and not just to assist at one]; he had been scheduled to celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass according to the 1962 Missal in St. Peter's Basilica on September 16, for the international Traditional Catholic pilgrimage to Rome next week.

May he rest in peace.

Worth reading now: Cardinal Caffarra's testimony on the letter Sr. Lucia of Fatima sent to her regarding the "final confrontation" between the devil and the family:

Cardinal: "What Sister Lucia told me: Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage."