Obituaries

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Va., died at a hospital Aug. 17. He was 75.

A native of Philadelphia, he was named the 12th bishop of Richmond by St. John Paul II in 2004. Before he was appointed to the Virginia diocese, he was the Bishop of Honolulu. He also was a former auxiliary bishop in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Bishop DiLorenzo was one of the first to call for peace during the chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Charlottesville, when white supremacists holding a rally clashed with counterprotesters Aug. 11 and 12. His first statement Aug. 11 was followed by a second one the next day.

“In the last 24 hours, hatred and violence have been on display in the city of Charlottesville,” said Bishop DiLorenzo. “I earnestly pray for peace.”

In a statement about his passing, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington said that over the years he knew Bishop DiLorenzo “as a devoted man of God.”

“He has always been highly regarded for his firm grasp of the church’s moral teaching and as a pastoral leader,” he said in a statement. “We share the bond of having been ordained priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and of serving as rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He will be dearly missed.”

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