HENGSBACH, Franz Cardinal (1910-91)
German cardinal; archbishop of Paderborn. Military Ordinary for Germany. Grand Prior of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. President: German Episcopal Commission for Universal Church Affairs.
ALS – Autograph Letter Signed, one page, 1963 as Bishop of Essen. Untranslated. Bold and fresh as when penned. Accompanied by a small reprint image of the prelate.
Created a cardinal in 1988. He was known throughout Germany as the “workers bishop”. He wore a piece of coal in his episcopal ring to symbolize his concern for miners and other workers.