MAHONY LEADS FUNERAL MASS AS 1,300 MOURN CHICAGO CARDINAL.
Byline: Peter Steinfels The New York Times
It was a very long goodbye, and it had to be. For three days, all of Chicago, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, seemed to be bidding farewell to Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, whispering one last prayer and blinking away a final tear for a soft-spoken religious leader whose life and death touched so many here.
Although the ceremonies Wednesday had a magnificence and a solemnity SOLEMNITY. The formality established by law to render a contract, agreement, or other act valid.
2. A marriage, for example, would not be valid if made in jest, and without solemnity. Vide Marriage, and Dig. 4, 1, 7; Id. 45, 1, 30. suited to Bernardin's high rank in the church, the funeral liturgy was ultimately the same one, the Mass of Christian Burial, as for the humblest believer. And it carried the same message, repeated over and over: ``that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus in death and resurrection has broken the chains of sin and death,'' as Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, whom Bernardin had asked to be the chief celebrant of the Mass, said at its outset.
Starting Monday, more than 100,000 people wound day and night past the cardinal's open coffin in Holy Name Cathedral Holy Name Cathedral or the Cathedral of the Holy Name are the names of several cathedrals.
And it was not just Chicago that grieved for its archbishop, who died of cancer Nov. 14 at the age of 68. Wednesday, in final ceremonies that rivaled any major state funeral, a cathedral full of religious and civic dignitaries, including Vice President Al Gore and personal representatives of Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan Paweł II) born , commended to God a churchman whose personality and leadership transcended class, race and even creed.
Then the church bore Bernardin's coffin to Mount Carmel Cemetery Mount Carmel Cemetery is a popular name for Catholic cemeteries in many areas. A few with this name are
It continued through poverty-shattered neighborhoods, where the people lining the streets were as likely to be Baptist as Catholic and where African-American and Latino children from Catholic schools sang and tossed flowers at the passing hearse. Earlier, from the pulpit of Holy Name Cathedral, Monsignor Kenneth Velo, the fellow worker of many years whom Bernardin had asked to give the funeral sermon, addressed 1,300 dignitaries, relatives and friends of the archbishop.
They included not only the vice president and his wife, Tipper, but also Donna Shalala, secretary of health and human services Noun 1. Secretary of Health and Human Services - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Health and Human Services; "the first Secretary of Health and Human Services was Patricia Roberts Harris who was appointed by Carter" ; Henry Cisneros, secretary of housing and urban development Noun 1. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - the person who holds the secretaryship of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; "the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was Robert C. ; Leon Panetta, the White House chief of staff; Jim Edgar, the governor of Illinois The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. , and Richard M. Daley Richard Michael Daley (born April 24, 1942) is a United States politician, member of the national and local Democratic Party and current mayor of Chicago, Illinois. He was elected mayor in 1989 and reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. , the mayor of Chicago The Mayor of Chicago is the chief executive of Chicago, Illinois, the third largest metropolis in the United States. He or she is charged with directing city departments and agencies, and with the advice and consent of the Chicago City Council, appoints department and agency .
But Velo said he was speaking as well to people listening on their car radios or watching television in hospitals and nursing homes.
``You are all dignitaries,'' Velo said, ``for God has touched you through the life of Cardinal Bernardin.''
Photo: Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's coffin is led from Holy Name Cathedral.