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Cardinal William Henry Keeler dead at 86

Cardinal William Henry Keeler dead at 86

Friends and colleagues from across religious and political spectrums remembered Cardinal William Henry Keeler as a spiritual leader of historic stature, a man of great empathy, and a cleric who never stopped reaching out to establish common cause with people of other faiths and backgrounds.

Cardinal Keeler, the longtime leader of the Archdiocese of Baltimore whose influence in the Catholic Church spanned international borders over nearly six decades, died Thursday. He was 86.

"We lost this morning our great shepherd, great leader and great friend," Archbishop William E. Lori said at the Basilica of the Assumption, America's first cathedral. "He was truly a...

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