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Cardinal Baum dies, aged 88

St John Paul II greeting Cardinal Baum in 1997 (CNS)

Cardinal William Baum, the ­Archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, has died at the age of 88 after a long illness.

He was a cardinal for 39 years, the longest tenure in American history, surpassing the record of Baltimore Cardinal James Gibbons (1886-1921). The soft-spoken Cardinal Baum was known as the “gentle cardinal” by Swiss Guards.