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Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy, June 7

Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy, who combined grandfatherly warmth and social activism in serving South Florida Catholics from 1976 to 1994, died in his sleep Tuesday, June 7, 2005, in his retirement apartment in Miami. He was 87. The tall, white-haired prelate brought the Archdiocese of Miami through several historic events: the Mariel boatlift, the Haitian refugee crisis, and a visit by Pope John Paul II. Archbishop McCarthy championed both spiritual and social causes as the second leader of the Archdiocese of Miami. He continually fought against bigotry and for interfaith relations. He spurred lay Catholics to minister, not just leave it to priests. He cared for the poor and elderly, even after his own retirement. Here, the retired archbishop attends the first graduation of seniors at Archbishop McCarthy High School in 2002 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts Center. Sun-Sentinel, file
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