William Henry Cardinal Keeler † William Henry Cardinal Keeler †
Function:
Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Title:
Cardinal Priest of S Maria degli Angeli
Birthdate:
Mar 04, 1931
Country:
USA
Elevated:
Nov 26, 1994
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English Catholics Honor Cardinal William Keeler
Sept 09, 2007
Baltimore Cardinal William Keeler was honored Thursday by Catholics from all over Maryland and bishops from around the country.

(WJZ, Sep 7, 2007) Kai Jackson reports Cardinal William Keeler submitted his resignation in 2006 at age 75 as required under canon law. It was accepted by Pope Benedict this July.

Cardinal William Keeler was appointed archbishop of Baltimore in 1989 and became a cardinal under Pope John Paul II in 1994. That strong relationship with the Vatican resulted in a rare papal visit to Baltimore by the former Pope in 1995. When Keeler steps down in September, he will be replaced by Bishop Edwin O'Brien.

During Keeler's tenure he improved the financial picture of Catholic schools, he renovated the Basilica, the oldest cathedral in the U.S. He says the most difficult time was coping with the crisis of priests accused of sexual abuse.

Keeler's final mass will be at the Cathedral Of Mary Our Queen on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m.

Cardinal Keeler has been credited with improving relations between the Catholic community and other faiths during his 18 years in Baltimore.
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