Statement on the Death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

February 01, 2012

It was with great sorrow that I learned of the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, retired Archbishop of Philadelphia and former Bishop of Pittsburgh. Over the years of my association with Cardinal Bevilacqua, I appreciated his kindness, his concern for priests and his commitment to bringing together the bishops of Pennsylvania so that we could work more closely pastorally for the good of the Church.

I first came to know Cardinal Bevilacqua when he was appointed as the tenth Bishop of Pittsburgh and invited me to work on his staff. I came to appreciate his administrative ability and his pastoral concern for the faithful of the diocese.

Our association continued when he was named Archbishop of Philadelphia and I succeeded him in Pittsburgh. We had multiple opportunities to work together on a number of committees at the service of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In our time together I came to value his profound knowledge and love of Church law.

I offer my prayers and sympathy to Cardinal Bevilacqua’s family and friends and the many people whose lives he touched by his ministry over the years and ask the Lord to grant him eternal rest.

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