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Statement of Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde on the Death of Cardinal Baum

The clergy, men and women living the consecrated life and the lay faithful join me in offering to His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl and to all who form the Archdiocesan Church of Washington the support of our fervent prayer and heartfelt sympathy on the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, the third Archbishop of Washington. I also offer to the family and friends of Cardinal Baum this twofold expression of prayer and sympathy.

Cardinal Baum served the Church both here in our country and in Rome at the Holy See faithfully, devotedly, and admirably. Among his many gifts, which enriched the lives of countless people, were his quiet but welcoming personality, his perceptive understanding of diverse issues, his ardent compassion for those in need, his defense of life, his passionate support of Catholic education at all levels and of priestly formation, and his truly wise insights and strong encouragement of ecumenical and interfaith initiatives.

I treasure the times that we visited over the years. I always left his presence uplifted and encouraged, deeply aware that I l had just been with a holy man of God, a devoted and faithful priest whose very life drew people to encounter the Lord Jesus.

I shall personally miss his presence among us, his counsel, his encouragement and his witness. May the Good Shepherd now give him fullness of life forever in His presence.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015