Pope Francis has appointed an auxiliary bishop known for his focus on addressing poverty and stressing the role of mercy in church teaching as the new bishop of San Diego.
Laypeople, religious, nearly two dozen bishops and more than 100 clergy filled San Diego's St. Therese of Carmel Church on Wednesday for the noon funeral Mass of San Diego Bishop Cirilo B. Flores, who died Sept. 6 of cancer.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez was the principal celebrant for the Mass, sharing some memories of Flores' last days.
Bishop Cirilo B. Flores of San Diego died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer. He was 66.
On Sept. 4, Bishop Flores had been transferred from the cancer center of the University of Southern California to Nazareth House in San Diego for hospice care.
The bishop's prostate cancer was disclosed Aug. 25 by the diocese. Flores had been ailing since mid-April, when he suffered a stroke four days before Easter.
Funeral information for Flores was incomplete as of early Monday.
The decadeslong battle over a cross erected on public land in California will drag out even longer now that the Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case.
In the last full day of the current session, the court said the case must first go to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals before the high court will consider it.
The conflict in Mount Soledad Memorial Association vs. Trunk is over a 43-foot cross that sits atop Mount Soledad on public land in San Diego. The cross was erected in the 1950s and has since become a veterans' memorial.
The vicar general of the diocese of San Diego said Bishop Cirilo Flores was "alert and in good spirits" after suffering a stroke the afternoon of April 16.
In an April 17 statement, Msgr. Steven Callahan said the bishop would receive treatment for "a few days" before his release from the hospital.
As of late Monday, no update on his condition had been issued.
Callahan said Flores, 65, suffered the stroke in his office at the diocesan pastoral center and was taken by paramedics to the hospital.
Pope Francis praised the dedication of the retired patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, 86, who died Tuesday in a hospital in San Diego, according to the California-based Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle.
In a telegram of condolence to Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, Pope Francis recalled "with deep gratitude the late patriarch's dedication to his people and to the promotion of respectful, just and peaceful relations with followers of other religious traditions."