“It was with great sorrow that I received news of the death of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. As the personal representative of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States, Archbishop Sambi displayed a true affection for its people as well as a strong sense of just diplomacy honed by many years of valued service in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps. He understood the needs of the Catholic Church in our country and worked zealously for the spiritual welfare of its faithful.

Archbishop Sambi’s love for his priesthood, the Church, and the people of God shone brilliantly in his every action. His dedication as well as his warm and pastoral style won him the admiration and respect of all those with whom he came into contact. As a friend, he provided wise counsel and a priestly example that cannot be duplicated; I mourn his passing deeply.

His death is a significant loss for the universal Church and his presence will be missed. Archbishop Sambi has been called home by God; a good and faithful servant who has earned his eternal reward through a life of love and service to Jesus Christ. On behalf of the clergy, religious, and faithful of the Archdiocese I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Archbishop Sambi’s family and offer prayers that the Lord will grant him the peace and joy of eternal life in heaven.”