Catholic Archbishop Emeritus Lawrence Henry has died, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced.
Archbishop Henry died on Tuesday night. According to the SACBC website, he had been diagnosed with cancer the previous day.
He served as the Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town from 1990 until his retirement in 2009.
In paying tribute to his life, the SACBC stated that Henry “continued to be active assisting in leading services whenever requested”.
He was succeeded by Archbishop Stephen Brislin.
And the announcement via Archbishop Brislin:
I regret to inform you that Archbishop Lawrence Henry passed away on Tuesday 4th March at about 23h45. He died peacefully in Cape Town Medi-Clinic. Archbishop Henry had been undergoing tests over the past few days. His health took a turn for the worse on Sunday night when he experienced a great deal of abdominal pain and he was rushed to hospital. Doctors confirmed on Monday afternoon that he had cancer and that it had spread to different parts of the body. He was seen by an oncologist early on Tuesday afternoon. Despite doctors’ recognition of the seriousness of his condition the suddenness of his death was unexpected by all. Doctors have given us the assurance that Archbishop Henry died without pain.
Please keep him in your prayers and please ask parishioners at all your Masses today to pray for him. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as possible.
I wish to offer my condolences to you and to all who mourn the passing of Archbishop Laurie.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
+Stephen Brislin Archbishop of Cape Town