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18 December 2015

Obituary – Cardinal Carlo Furno

On 9 December 2015, Cardinal Furno passed away at the age of 94. Cardinal Furno was Grand Master emeritus of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and in this position, he supported Bethlehem University where possible.

Born in Piedmont, Italy, in 1921, he studied at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, where he took a doctorate in canon and civil law. He was ordained as a priest in 1944 and after six years of pastoral work in his home diocese, he began a career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He worked in Colombia, Ecuador and Jerusalem, and later in the Secretariat of State at the Vatican.

Pope John Paul II appointed him Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem on 16 December 1995. The aforementioned Order, like the Knights of Malta, is a member of many international bodies and has observer status at others (such as the United Nations). Cardinal Furno resigned this office in June 2007 and was succeeded by Archbishop John Patrick Foley.

In 2002, when Bethlehem University inaugurated the Millennium Hall for the Arts and Business Administration Faculties, the building’s main hall was dedicated to Cardinal Furno and named ‘Furno Hall’. This in recognition of his support of Bethlehem University. In addition, endowed scholarship funds from the Equestrian Order of the Holy Speulchre - Grand Magisterium that bear Cardinal Furno's name have supported many students over the past years.



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