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Pope Francis, Biden Commend ‘Peacemaker’ Bishop O’Connell as Memorial Services Begin

St. John Vianney Hacienda HeightsA memorial Mass for the late Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell was held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights, California, on March 1, 2023.

In a message from Pope Francis read aloud at the beginning of Mass by Archbishop Gomez, the Holy Father commended Bishop O’Connell, 69, for his efforts to uphold the sanctity of life and his profound concern for the poor.