MEXICO.- After being hospitalized for 21 days for complications derived from covid-19, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mexico , Francisco Javier Rivera Sánchez Rivera , died at the age of 65 in the early morning of January 18 .
In a statement, the Archdiocese announced that it would be informed about the place and time of the auxiliary bishop’s funeral, because due to the cause of death, it will not be as usual.
On December 16, the Primate Archdiocese made public the state of health of the priest, who was inactive due to his health. Francisco Javier Rivera was present at the virtual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe, recorded on November 16 and broadcast on December 11.
By December 28, the ecclesiastical authorities reported that due to complications from the symptoms of covid-19, Francisco Daniel Rivera Sánchez had been hospitalized to receive better medical care After 21 days hospitalized, in the early morning of January 18, the Auxiliary Bishop Sánchez Rivera died after fighting the covid-19 virus.
Who was Francisco Daniel Rivera?
He was born in Guadalajara on October 15, 1955, he was an accountant by profession, which he practiced from 1973 to 1977. On August 12, 1979 was his first religious possession in Mexico City, on September 14, 1985 he made perpetual profession of vows as Missionary of the Holy Spirit in Guadalajara, two years later, on September 5, 1987 was his diaconal ordination in the city of Erding in Germany, for August 20, 1988, it was his priestly ordination in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
In 1977 he entered the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, in Mexico City, in which he served as Superior General from 2016 to 2020 when he was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop.
On March 19, 2020 he received from the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Franco Coppola, the invitation sent by Pope Francis to be Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese Primada of Mexico, where he served in the Episcopal Vicariate of the Clergy.