Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States passed away the other day. May he rest in peace.
There was to be a Mass in Washington DC at the National Basilica on August 6, but plans for that were set aside as his body was flown back to Italy this weekend. Rocco Palmo writes:
While a 6 August funeral Mass in Washington was initially eyed as the American sendoff for the late "Super-Nuncio," logistical hurdles amid the summer slowdown were reported to have shelved the plan.You can find out more details about funeral arrangements and memorial Masses here: Archbishop Sambi's funeral moved to Italy, stateside memorial Mass scheduled (CNA)
The archbishop's body now slated to return this weekend to his native Italy for burial, a capital liturgy for the US church and the diplomatic corps is now said to be in the works for 14 September, the feast of the Triumph of the Cross, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Here is further reading:
- Archbishop Pietro Sambi’s Legacy: Dynamic Diplomat Who Always Defended the Church (NC Register)
- Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life speaks about Archbishop Sambi's passing
- Dawn Eden recalls Archbishop's love for the Jewish people (CNA)
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