Pope Francis has expressed his condolences at the death of former US president George H.W. Bush who passed away on Nov. 30 at the age of 94. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to the US bishops expressing the Pope's sorrow and promises of prayers.
Wednesday 5 December was declared a day of mourning in the U.S. as the funeral took place in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. From there, the body of the former President will be brought to his home state Texas to lie in public repose, before being laid to rest at the George HW Presidential Library.
Bush served as President of the U.S. from 1989 to 1993. Prior to this, he had served as a senator, ambassador to the UN, Director of the CIA, and Vice President under President Ronald Reagan.
Suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease, he was forced to use a wheelchair in the last years of his life. He passed away in his home in Houston, Texas.
His funeral took place at the Washington National Cathedral, and he will be buried in his home state, alongside his wife Barbara.
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