Cardinal Hickey: Pope Sends Message of Condolence Following Death of Cardinal Hickey; Names Cardinal Baum His Personal Representative to Funeral

October 25, 2004

Pope John Paul II today sent a message of condolence following the death of Cardinal James A. Hickey, Archbishop of Washington and appointed a personal representative to preside at Cardinal Hickey’s Mass of Christian Burial.

Cardinal Hickey served as Archbishop of Washington from 1980-2000, and died on October 24, 2004 at the age of 84. The Mass of Christian Burial for the Cardinal will be held on Saturday, October 30, 10:30 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC.

Cardinal William W. Baum, the former Major Penitentiary for the Vatican and Archbishop of Washington from 1973-1980, will be Pope John Paul II’s personal representative to the funeral. Cardinal Baum will preside at the Mass, which will be celebrated by Cardinal McCarrick, joined by other cardinals, bishops and priests, including many who were ordained by Cardinal Hickey.

Pope John Paul II also sent the following message to Cardinal McCarrick today:

“Deeply saddened by the death of Cardinal James Aloysius Hickey, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to all the clergy, religious and laity of he archdiocese of Washington. Recalling with gratitude Cardinal Hickey’s unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel, the teaching of the faith and the formation of future priests, I join you in praying that God our Merciful Father will grant him the reward of his labors and welcome his noble soul into the joy and peace of His eternal kingdom. To all assembled for the solemn Mass of Christian burial, I cordially impart my apostolic blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the Lord.”

Vatican Information Service

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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