Pope Francis sends 'prayerful condolences' to Archdiocese

By Peter Heneghan

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP has received the following message from Pope Francis on the death of Bishop Vincent Malone:
‘His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of Bishop Vincent Malone, and he sends prayerful condolences to you and to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese. United with you in offering thanks to God for the late Bishop’s many years of priestly and episcopal ministry, especially his service to the education of young people, His Holiness commends his soul to the merciful love of our heavenly Father. To all who mourn Bishop Malone’s passing in the sure hope of the resurrection, the Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and consolation in the Risen Lord.’
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State