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Pope sends condolences

Pope sends condolences, prayers ahead of Bishop O’Connell’s funeral

Pope Francis praised the late Bishop David O’Connell for his years as a priest and bishop in LA in a special condolence message made public March 1.

The pope’s message was read by Archbishop José H. Gomez during opening remarks before a packed crowd at a special memorial Mass Wednesday night at St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights, the parish where Bishop O’Connell lived.

“Deeply saddened to learn of the untimely and tragic death of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell, His Holiness Pope Francis sends heartfelt condolences and the assurance of his spiritual closeness to you, the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese,” read the message signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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