Vatican cardinal quotes lyrics while an archbishop hails him as 'one of the voices of the age'

Church leaders have paid tribute to the songwriter Leonard Cohen, who has died aged 82.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, tweeted lyrics from “Hallelulah”, a song replete with biblical references.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane called Cohen “one of the voices of the age”.

The news of Leonard Cohen’s death was announced on his Facebook page.

Fans gathered outside his home in Montreal last night lighting candles and laying flowers.

Though Jewish, Cohen lived as a Zen Buddhist monk and tried Scientology. His interest in Catholicism, he once said, derived from an Irish nanny who raised him “part Catholic”.