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The Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Mexico, Francisco Daniel Rivera Sánchez, died in the early morning of January 18 at age 65, due to complications from COVID-19, as reported in a statement by the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate (CEM).
“We offer our prayers for the eternal rest of our brother Mons. Francisco Daniel Rivera Sánchez, Auxiliary Bishop of the Mexican Archdiocese. May he be received into the eternal house as a faithful servant of the Lord. May the Blessed Virgin accompany you, ”the ecclesiastical body wrote on Twitter.
It was on December 16, when the Archdiocese of Mexico reported for the first time on the state of health of the religious, who had contracted COVID-19 and had been absent from the usual offices.
Almost two weeks later, on the 28th, the Catholic authority revealed that the priest had been hospitalized, after complicating his clinical picture.
After 21 days in the hospital, the bishop passed away at dawn on Monday.
“Let us ask Saint Mary of Guadalupe to receive him in her maternal arms and accompany him on his return to the Father’s House. Later on, we will report on the liturgical celebrations to pray for the soul of Monsignor Francisco Daniel Rivera Sánchez ”, wrote the Archbishop Primate of Mexico, Carlos Aguiar Retes, in a statement.
The news of the death comes only a few hours after the CEM also reported that two other religious were infected with COVID-19: Cardinal Norberto Rivera, and Monsignor Jaime Calderón. As reported by the Diocese of Tapachula, the latter is stable.
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