'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.

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