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Catholics begin saying goodbye to late leader of Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese

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A funeral for the late leader of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese will be held Friday.

Bishop Emeritus John Michael D’Arcy passed away from cancer.

Wednesday, hundreds of parishioners packed a church in South Bend to remember him. Many people left work and school early just to honor the 80-year-old.

“He was a man of his word and he loved the church and his faith,” said one mourner.

Bishop D’Arcy led the diocese for 25 years. He will be buried in Fort Wayne.