CARDINAL GUT, head of the Vatican's Office for the Divine Cult, died last week aged 73, after a brief illness. He had been visited by Pope Paul in the Salvator Mundi Hospital in Rome the day before he died.
His death reduces the number of the College of Cardinals to 126. He was the fifth cardinal to die this year.
Born at Reiden near Lucerne, Switzerland, he was ordained as a Benedictine in 1921. He first went to Rome 10 years after his ordination, and in 1942 was named Superior at Einsiedeln, the centre of spiritual studies in the Benedictine Order.
An expert in biblical studies. he was appointed to the College of Cardinals by Pope Paul in 1967, and a short time later to the Church panel studying liturgical reforms.
Last year Pope Paul decided to divide the Congregation of Rites into two separate Congregations, and appointed Cardinal Gut to head the Divine Cult. During his last months, Cardinal Gut had worked on the Pontifical Commission to revise Canon Law.