Religion: Death of a Cardinal

Special police slowed down traffic. Streetcars crept at a snail's pace past the archiepiscopal residence. Inside, on his deathbed, lay an 84-year-old Prince of the Church. The fingers of one hand clutched a crucifix. Weakly the prelate raised the crucifix, gave his last blessing to those kneeling around his bed. Thus to His Eminence William Cardinal O'Connell, Archbishop of Boston, fortified by the last rites of the Church and consoled by Pope Pius' cabled message of "eternal affection," death came in Boston last week.

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