Cardinal John P. Foley, who died Sunday at 76, will be entombed Friday afternoon at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul following a 2 p.m. Funeral Mass. The CatholicTV Network will televise the event.
A longtime priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Foley served locally as a parochial vicar, seminary professor, and editor of the archdiocesan newspaper before leaving for Rome in 1984. There he spent nearly 24 years as first president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and more than three years as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Fatigued by leukemia and anemia, he retired as grand master in February and returned to live at Villa St. Joseph in Darby, the archdiocesan retirement home for priests, where he died.
The Funeral Mass will begin with a procession into the cathedral at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2011. Knights of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, wearing capes bearing the order’s large crimson cross, will serve as honor guard.
Following Mass, the coffin will be carried into the crypt beneath the main altar, where it will be immured after a brief Rite of Committal.
The crypt contains the bodies of three priests and 14 former bishops, archbishops and cardinal-archbishops, including Michael Francis Egan, Philadelphia’s first bishop. The last person entombed there was Cardinal John Krol, in March 1996.
Viewers may watch the Funeral Mass on their mobile devices and on the CatholicTV Network cable outlets: Sky Angel channel 142, Chattanooga fiTV 153, in Detroit on CTND channels
Comcast 398, Brighthouse 16, and Wyandotte channel 73; in New England on Charter 101, Full Channel 117, Comcast 268, RCN 85, Verizon FiOS 296 and on CatholicTV.com. (Rebroadcast at 8 p.m.)
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