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Statement: Archdiocese of Los Angeles

O’Connell’s death was first announced by Jose H Gomez, an archbishop with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who called his colleague ‘a man of deep prayer.’

‘He was a peacemaker with a heart for the poor and the immigrant, and he had a passion for building a community where the sanctity and dignity of every human life was honored and protected,’ Gomez said in a statement.

‘He was also a good friend, and I will miss him greatly. I know we all will.

‘Please join me in praying for Bishop Dave and for his family in Ireland. May Our Lady of Guadalupe wrap him in the mantle of her love, and may the angels lead him into paradise, and may he rest in peace.’

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