Cardinal Keeler is laid to rest in Baltimore


Crux, 28 March 2017

Cardinal William H. Keeler was laid to rest on Tuesday in Baltimore, a mere 40 miles from Washington, D.C. The last cardinal from Baltimore – the first diocese of the United States – Keeler’s passing may also be a sign of the growing influence of the federal government in the life of the Church.

After the funeral of William Cardinal Keeler at Baltimore’s Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on Tuesday, he was not buried there alongside his immediate predecessors.

Instead he was taken to the original Baltimore cathedral, officially known as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The late cardinal will be interred there, in the crypt where the last Baltimore archbishop to have jurisdiction over Washington, DC, Archbishop Michael Curley, is buried.

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