The Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued a short statement early Wednesday on the death of former Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua:

"Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, died on January 31, 2012 at the age of 88. Cardinal Bevilacqua died tonight at 9:15 p.m. at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he resided,  in his sleep.   Cardinal Bevilacqua served as Archbishop of Philadelphia from February 11, 1988 to October 7, 2003. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on June 28, 1991.  Funeral arrangements are pending."