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Tania Dall / EyewitnessNews

NEW ORLEANS -- A week of mourning the death and celebrating the life of Archbishop Philip Hannan is over.

On Thursday it culminated in a funeral Mass and burial inside Saint Louis Cathedral.

'To those of us in New Orleans he has been a shepherd and a bishop, a community leader, a father, a friend and a brother priest,' said Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

Inside the Cathedral, pews were packed with dignitaries and old friends of Hannan, who died Sept. 29 at age 98.

For those who couldn't find a seat inside, a large projection screen was set up outdoors.

The moving funeral mass lasted almost 2.5 hours for a man who called the Crescent City home for 46 years.

'If it was a crash of tugboats in the river or a tornado in LaPlace, the archbishop would show up and he knew how to make his presence known, so the church could be seen ministering to the people,' said Rev. Msgr. Clinton Doskey with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Hannan's eulogy was read by Doskey, a longtime friend and former roommate.

'As I would walk the hallway at night as I went to bed, I'd see the archbishop on his knees saying his rosary, a man of deep faith,' said Doskey.

A faith that guided the Archbishop to help the poor and elderly, even fighting racism during his lifetime.

'He sat at a table with popes and with President Kennedy, and he also served the homeless every Thanksgiving,' said Aymond of Hannan's community outreach.

That's sacrifice and service many in the community will never forget.

'I thought the service was wonderful. It was so appropriate for him,' said former Congresswoman and Vatican Ambassador Lindy Boggs.

'I thought that was a real tribute to him. I've been to a lot of funerals in this cathedral. But today there was something very special, because he was a very special man,' added Xavier University President Dr. Norman Francis.

'I thought it was a great service for a great man. Archbishop Hannan was not only a leader for the church, a leader for the Archdiocese, and truly the entire country,' said Governor Bobby Jindal.

It was a remarkable tribute to a loyal New Orleanian and man of God.

'Philip Matthew Hannan taught us how to live, how to grow old gracefully and how to die in peace,' said Aymond.

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