Archbishop Hannan Buried Today in New Orleans

Prelate Lived American History From Second World War to Katrina

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, OCT. 6, 2011 ( Some 1,000 mourners turned out for today’s funeral Mass and burial of Archbishop Philip Hannan at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. The archbishop died Sept. 29 at the age of 98.

Archbishop Hannan was the archbishop of New Orleans from 1965-1988, and in is 2010 autobiography titled “The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots,” he recounted the many activities of his full life, including serving on the front lines during World War II, being the personal counsel to President John F. Kennedy, as well as his eulogist, and ministering to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Since Monday, thousands viewed his body at the Notre Dame Seminary. On Wednesday, the prelate’s body was transferred 4.5-miles by horse-drawn hearse from the seminary to the French Quarter cathedral. The nearly three-hour procession drew the attention of the entire city.

The visitation began at 9 a.m. and the funeral began at 2 p.m. He was buried in the cathedral directly after Mass.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu were present at the funeral Mass, as was Victoria Kennedy, widow of the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

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“The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots”

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