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On Tuesday (July 26), I went to Methuen to visit Holy Family Hospital, which is part of the Caritas system, for the dedication of a new emergency room. Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org

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We were all very saddened by the news that Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, passed away Wednesday night at Johns Hopkins University Hospital from complications following lung surgery.

We were very shocked by the news, particularly given the fact that he was with us just a matter of weeks ago in Boston for the fundraising event of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, at which he was honored.

At that moment, he was full of life, health and enthusiasm and gave a very beautiful and moving speech. No one at that time ever would have suspected that his life's journey was approaching such a sudden end.

We commend him to God's merciful love and providence and thank the Lord for the gift that his life has been to his family, his Church, and to all the people he has served as a priest and bishop.

Visiting with the Catholic Daughters

Last Wednesday (July 20) I met the leadership team of the State Court of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

We had a nice talk and State Regent Connie Pagan updated me on a number of initiatives the Daughters are undertaking.

Every year the Daughters make a substantial contribution for the pro-life activities of the archdiocese through their Pennies for the Unborn program. This year they were able to double last year's amount, presenting me with a check for $20,000.

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