DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 19-21, 1998     vol. 9, no. 119

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          KIRKWOOD, Missouri (CWNews.com) - Retired Cardinal John Carberry of St. Louis died on Wednesday at age 93 of natural causes.

          The cardinal was archbishop of St. Louis from 1968 until 1979 and remained active in Church affairs until he suffered a stroke in 1988. He was elevated to the office of cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1969. He was a native of Brooklyn, New York and was ordained a priest in 1929.

          Cardinal Carberry resigned as archbishop of St. Louis in 1979 after reaching the mandatory retirement age. At the time, he said he was somewhat surprised that Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation, he added that he was open to God's will and happy with the decision.

          The Pope called him an "exemplary pastor of the Church." In a telegram of condolence addressed to the Archbishop Justin Rigali of St. Louis, the Pope praised the late prelate's "pastoral and doctrinal" zeal, and in particular his "exceptional devotion to the Virgin Mary." He said the cardinal's personal example should be a source of inspiration to the people he served.

          Cardinal Carberry was born in Brooklyn in 1904, and ordained to the priesthood in 1929. He was appointed as coadjutor bishop of Lafayette, Indiana, in 1956, and one year later became the bishop of that diocese. In 1965 he was appointed bishop of Columbus, Ohio, and in 1968 he became archbishop of St. Louis. He was raised to the college of cardinals by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation in 1979.

          With the death of Cardinal Carberry, the college of cardinals now includes 159 members, of whom 41 are above the age of 80 and therefore ineligible to vote in a papal conclave.

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June 19-21, 1998       volume 9, no. 119


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