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‘We Know That He’s in Heaven’: Thousands Gather for Funeral of Bishop David O’Connell in Los Angeles

Jay L. ClendeninArchbishop José Gomez places the Gospels and a crucifix on the coffin of Bishop David O’Connell before leading a procession at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles during the March 3 funeral Mass for Bishop O’Connell. Archbishop Gomez called Bishop O’Connell ‘a peacemaker with a heart for the poor and the immigrant.’

Slain Los Angeles auxiliary bishop was remembered at the Mass of Christian burial as ‘friend of Jesus Christ and of Mary, our Blessed Mother.’