Condolences from Cardinal DiNardo and Pope Francis on the Passing of Barbara Bush

April 18, 2018

A message from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, following the death of Mrs. Barbara Bush:

"Along with all of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, I would like to offer my prayers and heartfelt condolences to the Bush family following the death of Mrs. Barbara Bush. In life, Mrs. Bush was a model public servant and set a standard for her unwavering and loving devotion to both family and community. Even her family’s generous and compassionate decision to invite the public to her viewing to say their farewell touchingly demonstrates how much she has been part of the Houston community. Her tireless goodwill efforts and charity throughout Houston in recent years made a tremendous impact on countless families and individuals in need. She was bold and steadfast in her convictions and an inspiration to anyone in faithful service of helping others. May the glory of the Risen Lord transform our sorrow into serenity.”

 Archbishop Christopher Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, transmitted the following message from the Secretariat of State of the Holy See to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston:

"Saddened to learn of the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush, His Holiness Pope Francis offers heartfelt condolences and the assurance of his prayers to President Bush and to all her family. Commending Mrs. Bush's soul to the merciful love of Almighty God, His Holiness invokes upon all who mourn her passing the divine blessings of strength and peace.”

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State