VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, a Colombian prelate who helped lead the Vatican's campaign against abortion and insisted that condoms do not prevent HIV transmission, has died, one of his assistants said Sunday. He was 72.
Cardinal Lopez Trujillo died Saturday at the Pius XI private clinic in Rome, where he had been admitted for tests on March 17, Monsignor Jorge Raigosa said. He died after suffering cardiac arrest, Raigosa said.
In March 2007, the cardinal traveled to Mexico to launch the Roman Catholic Church's aggressive campaign against plans in the predominantly Catholic country to legalize abortion. Catholic teaching forbids abortion as a grave sin.
Cardinal Lopez Trujillo also made headlines in 2003 for saying that condoms do not prevent HIV transmission.
He was ordained a priest in 1960. In 1983, he was elevated to cardinal's rank by Pope John Paul II. He headed the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family since 1990. Raigosa said Pope Benedict XVI was expected to celebrate a funeral Mass for the cardinal at the Vatican on Wednesday.