Cardinal William Henry Keeler, Archbishop emeritus of Baltimore, died on Thursday, 23 March, at the age of 86. The Pope expressed his condolences in a telegram addressed to Archbishop William Edward Lori, recalling the late Cardinal’s devoted ministry in leading the local Churches of Harrisburg and Baltimore, and his “long-standing commitment to ecumenical and interreligious understanding”.
Cardinal Keeler was born in San Antonio on 4 March 1931, and ordained a priest on 17 July 1955. He was ordained a bishop on 21 September 1979, after being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Harrisburg and Titular Bishop of Ulcinium (Dulcigno) on 24 July 1979. He became Bishop of Harrisburg on 10 November 1983, then Archbishop of Baltimore on 6 April 1989. He was created Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 26 November 1994, with the Title of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Cardinal Keeler resigned his office as Archbishop of Baltimore on 12 July 2007.
The funeral rite for Cardinal Keeler will be celebrated on Tuesday, 28 March, in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, in Baltimore.
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