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Detroit funeral held for Cardinal Edmund Szoka

August 26, 2014
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Catholic leaders and faithful have packed the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit for the funeral of Edmund Szoka (SHAH'-kuh), an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican.

The Mass was held Tuesday morning, with Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron (VIG'-neh-ron) officiating.

Szoka died of natural causes on Wednesday at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan. He was 86.

Szoka was a confidant of Pope John Paul II. In addition to leading Detroit-area Catholics, Szoka later served as the governor of Vatican City.

Since his retirement from active ministry in 2006, Szoka had been living in the Detroit suburb of Northville.



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