Thursday, August 03, 2006
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo Higuera passed away in Rome at 11:10 last night, at the age of 76.
The archbishop, who served as papal nuncio to the United States for seven years, died at a hospice operated by the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma.
I had the opportunity to spend some time with Archbishop Montalvo during several of his vists to to Massachusetts as well at several other times. He led a fascinating life and I believe he was a great asset to the Church. It was a honor to know him.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica by Angelo Cardinal Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State.
May the Angels lead you into paradise, may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the Holy City, the new and eternal Jerusalem.
Correction: I originally identified the religious order who cared for the Archbishop as the Sisters of Mercy. That was incorrect. He was actually cared for by the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma.
Thanks to Koz for making me aware of the error.