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USCCB president ‘resting comfortably’ after suffering mild stroke

The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was taken to hospital late last week after experiencing symptoms of what tests confirmed was a mild stroke, according to an archdiocesan statement.

The statement said that Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, ‘was resting comfortably and conversing with associates, doctors and nurses’ after he was taken to hospital late on Friday 15th March and had received tests the following day.

‘It is expected that Cardinal DiNardo will remain hospitalised for a few more days of testing and observation, followed by a transfer to another facility for rehabilitation,’ the statement added.

Cardinal DiNardo, 69, ‘is grateful to the doctors and nurses for their wonderful care and for continued prayers during his recovery,’ it said.

The statement quoted the cardinal as saying, “With so much to do I am looking forward to getting back to work as soon as possible.”

The USCCB, in a news release, said it joined with the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese ‘in praying for the cardinal’s quick recovery.’

During his recovery Cardinal DiNardo has assigned his USCCB duties to Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, vice president of the conference, as provided for by the USCCB bylaws.

Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Gomez were elected USCCB president and vice president, respectively, during the bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore in November 2016. They began their three-year terms at the close of the meeting.

Cardinal DiNardo, who served as USCCB vice president for three years before being elected president, has headed the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston since 2006, when as coadjutor archbishop, he immediately succeeded Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza when he retired. Then-Archbishop DiNardo was named a cardinal in 2007, making him the first cardinal from Texas.

Picture: Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, was taken to hospital late on 15th March 2019, after experiencing symptoms of what tests on 16th March confirmed was a mild stroke, according to an archdiocesan statement. Cardinal DiNardo is pictured in a 24th February photo in Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).