|Madame Henryane de Chaponay
Henryane de Chaponay-Morance died at Paris on 9 October 2019 at the age of ninety-five. She was the only daughter of Marquis Antoine de Chaponay (1893-1956) and Princess Geneviève d’Orléans (1901-1983), the daughter of Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme (1872-1931; son of Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon, and Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria) and Princess Henriette of Belgium (1870-1948; daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern).
|Pierre and Henryane de Chaponay
|Pope Francis with Henryane de Chaponay (2018)
Madame, dear friends,
I am glad to welcome you this morning, to greet you and to pay homage to your effort in the service of peace, the defence of human rights, the protection of our earth and support for the growth of a more human and fraternal society.
Madame, I appreciate your mission as the founder of the Centre d’Étude du développement en Amérique latine (CEDAL). Your tireless creativity has borne fruit through the “Dialogues en humanité”, whose meetings are intended to refocus politics on humanity, to construct a citizenship that cares for the “common home”. It is good to inspire an art of living together in simplicity, benevolence, fraternity, as well as to educate in the culture of respect and encounter, the only one capable of building a future that rises up to the ideal of man.
With the encyclical Laudato si’, with various messages, convoking the next Synod of Bishops on Amazonia, my hope is that our human history may become a flowering of liberation, growth, salvation and love (cf. Encyclical Laudato si’, 79). As I express to you all my appreciation for your generosity and your dedication, I assure you of my prayer and I bless you from the heart.
A mass for the repose of the soul of Madame Henryane de Chaponay will be held on 28 October at the Église Saint-Merri in Paris. She donated her body to the Surgical School in Paris. In four months, her remains will be interred with those of her grandparents, the Duke and Duchess of Vendôme, at the Royal Chapel of Dreux.