Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy Published: 05th February 2020 Remembering Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy: 10 things you probably did not know about this Cardinal from Tamil Nadu Edex Live Edex Live Share Via Email Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy was an Indian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the first Tamil to be raised to the rank of a Cardinal Lourdusamy was the elder brother of the priest and theologian DS Amalorpavadass. The brothers played a significant role in the implementation of Vatican II Council reforms in India He studied at Loyola College, Chennai and was sent to Rome to pursue higher studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Urbaniana University where he obtained his doctorate He obtained full marks in all his exams in Canon law studies, something which has never occurred in Roman universities He was also awarded a doctorate of laws — 'Honoris Causa' (1979) by Adamson University, Philippines and a doctorate of letters - 'Honoris Causa' (1989) by Pondicherry University Pope Paul VI invited him to Rome to serve the Universal Church from 1971. He is the first Asian to become a member of the Roman Curia He was the special papal legate to the funeral of Mother Teresa. After hearing his report the Cardinals and Bishops of the CCS unanimously recognised the sainthood of Mother Teresa He was fluent in several languages — Tamil, Latin, English, Italian, French, German, Kannada, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Swedish. He played the piano and composed music for devotional songs Cardinal Lourdusamy died in Rome on June 2, 2014. Pope Francis led the Rites of Final Commendation and Valediction His episcopal motto was Aedificare domum Dei which means 'To build the house of God'