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Press Release, 15/02/2018


Former COMECE Vice-President Mgr. Ya­nes dies in Zaragoza


Archbishop Emeritus of Zaragoza, Mgr. Elías Ya­nes Álva­rez, died on Friday 9th of March 2018 at the age of 90.


Mgr. Ya­nes Álva­rez saw the foundation of COMECE in 1980 and from then on he served as delegate of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference until 2005. In 1993 he was elected Vice-President of COMECE and re-elected for a second mandate until 1999.


The funeral took place on Monday 12 March 2018 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar, in Zaragoza, and was celebrated by Mgr. Vi­cen­te Ji­mé­nez Za­mo­ra, Archbishop of Zaragoza and Santander, and con­ce­le­brated by Cardinal Ricardo Bláz­quez Pérez, President of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, and Cardinal Juan José Omella i Omella, Archbishop of Bar­ce­lo­na.


COMECE, and its newly elected Praesidium, is thankful to God for his work and fruitful pastoral life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his brothers in the episcopate, faithful and family.

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