Cardinal DiNardo shares Pope Francis's condolences on the death of Archbishop Fiorenza

October 11, 2022

His Holiness Pope Francis has communicated, through Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Secretary of State of the Holy See, the following sympathies to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and the Faithful of the Archdiocese on the death of Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza, Emeritus Archbishop of Galveston-Houston.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo first publicly shared this message during the Funeral Mass of Archbishop Fiorenza on Sept. 29 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Anthony Fiorenza, and he sends heartfelt condolences to you and to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the archdiocese.

Joining you in giving thanks to almighty God for his years of priestly and episcopal ministry and his service to the wider Church in the United States, His Holiness commends Archbishop Fiorenza’s soul to the loving mercy of Christ the Good Shepherd.

To his family and all those gathered for the Mass of Christian Burial in the sure hope of the resurrection, the Holy Father willingly imparts his blessing as a pledge of consolation and peace in the Lord.

Pietro Cardinal Parolin
Secretary of State