Cardinal DiNardo's message to Pope Francis on his seventh anniversary as pope

March 12, 2020

Pope Francis greets Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston during a meeting with U.S. bishops from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas during their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican Jan. 20, 2020. The bishops were making their "ad limina" visits to report on the status of their dioceses to the pope and Vatican officials. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis,

We want to congratulate our Holy Father for the seventh anniversary of his election as Vicar of Christ and Successor of St. Peter. He has been a model of selfless service of accompanying people in their distress and need and in inviting us all to be disciples of Jesus Christ. He has manifested a marked care for the poor and those on the margins, especially migrants and refugees. He has given us all spiritual nourishment.

He is to be most assured of the prayers of the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. May the Lord Jesus continue to bless him in this ministry.

— Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston