Statement of Bishop David A. Zubik on Metropolitan Basil M. Schott, OFM, DD

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Archbishop Schott will be truly missed in Pittsburgh. A native Pennsylvanian, since arriving in Pittsburgh he has been a great and well-loved leader of our Eastern Rite brothers and sisters, as well as a good friend not only to me personally, but to the entire Catholic community.

All that have been blessed to know him recognized the deep compassion of a Christ-like leader. He was always there as a gentle, supportive voice to all that make up our beautiful mosaic of faith, Christian, Jewish and Muslim, and to all of Pittsburgh.

A Franciscan, he reflected the deep faith and true Christian charity of Saint Francis.

We will all miss his kindness and support. But at the same time we cannot help but recall and celebrate a life of goodness, gentleness and faithful dedication.