NEW YORK -- Despite 90-degree heat and a formidable line of mourners, Ruth Connell waited patiently to pay her respects to Cardinal John O'Connor.
''He was a man of God who believed in equality for all Christians,'' said Connell, who came to St. Patrick's Cathedral after services at her own Methodist church in Brooklyn.
Prayers and tributes for the cardinal continued Sunday at the cathedral where his body lay in state on the altar in a red-velvet lined coffin for a third day.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican's secretary of state, was scheduled to celebrate O'Connor's funeral Mass today. O'Connor was then to be interred in the crypt beneath the cathedral's altar, where the previous archbishops of New York are buried.
Dignitaries expected to attend include President Clinton and the first lady; Vice President Al Gore; United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan; and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
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