Posted: Oct 6, 2011 6:00 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the ornate and venerable French Quarter cathedral, with the pomp and tradition of the Catholic church and surrounded by clergy, politicians, and both the high and the humble of New Orleans society, Archbishop Philip Hannan was to be buried.
Over 1,000 people were expected to attend Thursday's funeral Mass at St. Louis Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond, 18 bishops and several hundred priests.
Hannan, who served as New Orleans' archbishop for more than three decades, died Sept. 29 at age 98.
He delivered eulogies for President John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert Kennedy, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Victoria Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, was scheduled to attend. Former U.S. Rep. Lindy Boggs was to be one of a dozen honorary pall bearers.