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 San Diego diocese announced Monday that Bishop Cirilo Flores, still recovering from an April stroke, is now being treated for prostate cancer.
Flores, 66, is being treated at Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said the statement Monday by Msgr. Steven Callahan, diocesan vicar general. The statement was a message sent to priests of the diocese that day and later released to the press.
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.