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May 8, 2008

Statement of Cardinal Justin Rigali
Funeral of Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
May 9, 2008

Although I am not able to be present for the funeral of Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski, because I am presently in Rome, I wish to express deep solidarity with his wife and children and with all who mourn him in sadness and in hope.

In the name of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia I assure his beloved family of the prayers of our people. As we invoke God's merciful love on the soul of Sergeant Liczbinski we also pray for the peace and protection of our City. We ask God to deliver us from the scourge of violence and to convert the hearts of all to recognize the immense dignity of every human being and the incomparable value of every human life.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant eternal life to Sergeant Liczbinski, grace and strength to his family, and peace to our entire community.

Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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