HOLY FATHER "DEEPLY SADDENED" BY CARDINAL O'CONNOR'S
VATICAN CITY, MAY 4, 2000 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin
Navarro-Valls, following the news of the death last evening of Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor,
archbishop of New York, released a declaration stating that "the Holy Father is deeply
saddened by the news of Cardinal O'Connor's death." He announced that the Pope will send
Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodanoo as his personal envoy to the cardinal's funeral.
"Cardinal O'Connor," said Navarro-Valls, "was an extraordinary figure in the Catholic Church in
the United States. He was a truly faithful shepherd and an outstanding witness to faith and human
dignity. He performed his priestly duties in the most passionate manner, always helping those in
need. His presence will surely be missed."