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Former Detroit archbishop Cardinal Edmund Szoka dies at 86

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DETROIT (AP) -- Edmund Szoka, who was the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, has died at age 86.
Szoka died of natural causes Wednesday night at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan, the Archdiocese of Detroit said in a statement Thursday.
"We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd," said Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who served as a priest under Szoka in the 1980s. "For 60 years, Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his church. He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers."
Pope John Paul II made Szoka a cardinal in 1988. Not long after, he became the Vatican's point man for finance. By 1998, he was running one of the world's smallest countries: Vatican City.
Following his retirement from active ministry in 2006, Szoka had been living in the Detroit suburb of Northville.
Edmund Casimir Szoka was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Grand Rapids to Polish immigrants.
He was celebrating his 60th anniversary as a priest in 2014, having been ordained on June 5, 1954, to serve the Diocese of Marquette.
He later served as chancellor in the Marquette diocese until being named the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Gaylord in 1971. A decade later, he was installed as Detroit's archbishop.

Visitation will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward in Detroit. 

Sunday: Visitation 2 to 9 p.m. Reception of the body will be 2 p.m. and office for the dead at 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25: Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a 3 p.m. rosary in the Blessed Sacrament chapel and a vigil service at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26: Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. with the funeral mass at 11 a.m.

Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Contact: Msgr. Michael Lefevre, cathedral rector at (313) 865-6300 ext. 225.   

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