'Voice of Vatican' Foley eulogized at Pa. church

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Posted: Dec 16, 2011 6:53 PM
'Voice of Vatican' Foley eulogized at Pa. church

The Pennsylvania-born cardinal who was the country's voice of the Vatican's midnight Christmas Mass for 25 years has been laid to rest at a Philadelphia cathedral following a funeral Mass.

Cardinal John Foley was remembered Friday for his humility, intelligence and humor in a homily delivered by New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Foley died Dec. 11 after a battle with leukemia. He was 76.

Besides narrating the Christmas Mass for U.S. audiences, Foley was editor-in-chief of Philadelphia's archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Standard & Times, from 1970 to 1984. He led an ancient Catholic order in the Holy Land for three years before retiring in February.

Foley's funeral and burial took place at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul.