Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the death of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent a telegram to the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, telling him the pope was ‘saddened to learn of the death’ of the former president.
‘Pope Francis offers heartfelt condolences and the assurance of his prayers to all the Bush family,’ he said in the telegram published by the Vatican on 5th December.
‘Commending President Bush’s soul to the merciful love of almighty God, His Holiness invokes upon all who mourn his passing the divine blessings of strength and peace,’ Cardinal Parolin wrote.
Bush died on 30th November, at the age of 94 at his home in Houston. He was honoured with a state funeral in Washington on 5th December.
Picture: US President George H.W. Bush applauds St John Paul II after a welcoming ceremony prior to their audience at the Vatican in 1991. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, died on 30th November at his home in Houston. He was 94. (CNS photo/Rick Wilking, Reuters).