12 July 2019


Very Reverend Fr Christopher Fadok, OP
Western Dominican Province
5877 Birch Court
OAKLAND   (CA)   94618   USA



Dear Father Fadok,

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Bishop Robert Christian, OP, a long–time friend of our Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Bishop Robert served since 2011 with great commitment and dedication on the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission, and was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor of our Dicastery in 2012. Once again during the last Plenary meeting of our Pontifical Council held in September 2018, I was deeply impressed by his ecumenical insight and spiritual depth. His valued and acute theological reflection was a precious gift not only to our Pontifical Council, but also to the wider ecumenical community especially through his service for over 35 years as a professor in the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome.

Praying for the eternal repose of Bishop Robert, our Pontifical Council expresses its condolences to the Order of Preachers, and especially to the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, as well as to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. An outstanding labourer in the vineyard of the Lord, may he remain an enlightening example to all who seek the will of Christ “that all may be one” (Jn 17:21).

Eternal rest grant unto our brother Robert, O Lord, 
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Requiescat in pace.



Kurt Cardinal Koch