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Cardinal Józef Tomko, the oldest member of the College of Cardinals, died in Rome at the age of 98.

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The late cardinal was hospitalized with COVID-19,

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A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Peter's Basilica on 11 August,

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And his remains will be buried in St. Elizabeth's Cathedral in Koice, Slovakia.

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He served as the head of the congregation for preaching to the people for about 16 years,

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which was responsible for coordinating the activities of the Church in mission areas, particularly in Africa and Asia.

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After retiring in 2001, at the age of 77, until his retirement in 2007,

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Was appointed chairman of the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congress.

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In 2012, Pope Benedict appointed him and two other cardinals to lead a comprehensive investigation into the so-called "Vatilix scandal",

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A series of leaks of letters were exchanged between Vatican officials and officials, and the Pope himself.

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He served in that role for the last three popes, starting in 1996.

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And said he found it "really difficult" to recite the aphorism "repent and believe in the gospel" to each pope!

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"He is the one whom I and everyone else have every right to say," Cardinal Tomko said.

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Cardinal Tomko was appointed Under Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops in 1974 and

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In 1979 was named as Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.