Mass Catholic Conference

Cardinal O’Malley’s Statement on the Death of Queen Elizabeth II


On behalf of the Archdiocese of Boston, I join with people throughout the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

For many decades, the Queen has been one of the most well-known and loved people throughout the world. She was a woman of profound faith, humanity, and wisdom who embodied the highest values of the British people. As the head of state and the leader of the Anglican Church she led the country with dignity, compassion, and courage for 70 years.

Queen Elizabeth was a source of stability and a symbol of strength for Britain and throughout the world. During her reign, the Queen visited more than 100 countries, hosted more than 100 state visits and was a beacon of hope during times of war, famine, and strife. She met with thirteen U.S. presidents, four Popes and countless other leaders of governments, businesses, and nonprofits.  

Having gone home to God, Queen Elizabeth now joins her beloved husband Prince Philip in the heavenly embrace of our Lord. 

We extend our condolences to the Queen’s children and the generations of their families, and to all the British people as they mourn the passing of this consequential woman who served with grace and charity for seven decades.