Pope Francis expressed his prayers and condolences upon the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent the following telegram December 5 on behalf of Pope Francis to the President of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo:
His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
“Saddened to learn of the death of former President George H. W. Bush, His Holiness Pope Francis offers heartfelt condolences and the assurance of his prayers to all the Bush family. Commending President Bush’s soul to the merciful love of Almighty God, His Holiness invokes upon all who mourn his passing the divine blessings of strength and peace,” read the telegram on the occasion of the state funeral in Washington DC on Wednesday.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State