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Leaders show appreciation of the Archbishop who died in his sleep early Thursday morning.

U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise

'I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Archbishop Hannan,' Scalise said. 'He was a larger-than-life leader who shepherded our community through difficult times, and also encouraged millions to share a deeper faith in God, from American Presidents to the poorest amongst us. He was a relentless defender of those unable to defend themselves, from his strong pro-life crusade to the expansion of Catholic Charities, his compassion included people of all faiths.His long and full life serves as an inspiring example for all of us, not only during his official tenure as Archbishop, but also in setting a new standard for community service in the decades since. I have comfort in knowing that he is resting in heaven with God. It was an honor to call Archbishop Hannan a friend.'


Former U.S. Rep. and Ambassador to the Vatican, Lindy Boggs:

Philip Hannan has done more for our city and our country than anyone I can think of. From his brave service during World War II to his courage during the Civil Rights movement, he never flinched from doing what was required of him and then some. I have been so fortunate to have him as a role model to inspire me to cast courageous votes. And I so admire his unstinting efforts on behalf of the courageous around the world. He was a dear, dear friend I'm happy to say we talked regularly, including as recently as last week and I will miss him with all my heart.


Saints owner Tom Benson:

Archbishop Hannan once told me that the New Orleans Saints were part of the unique culture and social fabric of our city.

The same can be and must be said of him.

His passing today, albeit sad, should make us all pause for a moment and celebrate a wonderful man and a wonderful life, one that has impacted many generations.

My friendship with the Archbishop goes back many years.

He has impacted my life and the life of my wife Gayle in many ways. We have both relied on him in the past and we will now look to him in the future for continued strength and spiritual guidance. His life was a living testament of how one's faith can steer you through tough times as well as prosperous times.

As we reflect, we must celebrate what he has meant to all of us here in New Orleans, to the youth of our city, the elderly, all of us have in some way been impacted by his service.

On a personal note, some of my most favorite memories are sharing an occasional Sunday mass at the Superdome and then taking in a Saints game with him.

Every year since I have owned the team, he has attended many Saints games with me, including our Super Bowl XLIV victory in Miami. He loved the Saints.

I will always cherish those times.

Much like his 1968 Prayer for the Saints, in which he implores all of us to overcome and to march into victory now and into eternity, it is safe to say that in his life, he has done just that.

Former Representative and Ambassador to the Vatican Lindy Boggs:

Philip Hannan has done more for our city and our country than anyone I can think of. From his brave service during World War II to his courage during the Civil Rights movement, he never flinched from doing what was required of him and then some. I have been so fortunate to have him as a role model to inspire me to cast courageous votes. And I so admire his unstinting efforts on behalf of the courageous around the world. He was a dear, dear friend I'm happy to say we talked regularly, including as recently as last week and I will miss him with all my heart.

Former Congressman Joseph Cao:

The history of the Vietnamese-American community in New Orleans East has its roots firmly planted in the compassion and love of Archbishop Philip Hannan. In the aftermath of a tragic civil war that killed millions, thousands of Vietnamese men, women and children scrambled into boats and planes to escape the terror and violence of the Communist regime and seek freedom and democracy here in the United States. After spending months in the cramped and noisy quarters of the refugee camps in Arkansas, a group of Vietnamese refugees was brought by Archbishop Hannan to New Orleans through the assistance of Catholic Charities with the love and support of the people of New Orleans. What was once considered to be a journey of death and despair was turned into a journey of life and hope for the refugees.

Each of us has a unique history. We try to make sense of who we are and struggle to find purpose in our lives through the choices that we make. We go through life playing our respective roles trying to find significance and meaning in what we do. It may have been based on this understanding that Peter F. Drucker wrote: 'Work is an extension of personality. It is achievement. It is one of the ways in which a person defines himself, measures his worth and his humanity.' For Archbishop Hannan, his worth and humanity can be found in the joy and happiness of the thousands of Vietnamese families right here in New Orleans who are the direct beneficiaries of his love.

That is why so many of us are proud to call Archbishop Hannan, 'Father.'

Governor Bobby Jindal:

Archbishop Hannan was a dear friend who lived a life of selflessness through both his service in the military and in the Church. In the military, he not only earned the nickname 'The Jumping Padre' when he ministered to the 82nd Airborne, but he also literally crawled towards danger to help his fellow soldiers. As a spiritual leader, he continued his mission to serve people. From the time he first arrived in Louisiana, Archbishop Hannan helped comfort the people of New Orleans and our entire state as we worked to rebuild after multiple storms. While he is no longer with us, we can honor his legacy by striving towards living a life of service and sacrifice.'

Mayor Mitch Landrieu:

Today, New Orleans has lost one of its greatest leaders in our nearly 300-year history. A World War II veteran, he assumed the role of Archbishop during one of our city's most difficult periods, just on the heels of Hurricane Betsy. A builder in the truest form and a man dedicated to education, from his earliest days he led the rebuilding of badly damaged churches and schools and drove the creation of a strong Catholic school system throughout the Archdiocese. Archbishop Hannan was also a firm believer in caring for the community's seniors and the poor, leading important housing and social justice programs.

Archbishop Hannan was a devoted man to his family, his church, and this community. He consistently stood for a vibrant, God-fearing community, and he truly was a spiritual shepherd to his flock.

Senator David Vitter:

Wendy and I are thankful as we reflect on the full and influential life of Archbishop Hannan today. He was a strong, inspiring leader for the Church in Louisiana and the nation, and he leaves a powerful legacy including his service as an Army chaplain in World War II and his staunch defense of the right to life.

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