The Pope's sadness
U.S. Cardinal William Wakefield Baum died in Washington on Thursday, 23 July, at the age of 88 after a long illness. His funeral will be celebrated on Friday, 31 July, at 2 pm. On learning of the news, Pope Francis sent a telegram to Cardinal Donald William Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, recalling with gratitude “the late Cardinal’s years of episcopal service in Springfield-Cape Girardeau and in Washington”, and “his long service to the Apostolic See as Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and subsequently Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary”.
St. Peter’s Square
Sept. 23, 2018
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