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Longtime archbishop of Washington dies at 84

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cardinal James A. Hickey, former archbishop of Washington, who led the Roman Catholic Church in the nation's capital for two decades, died Sunday. He was 84.

One of 13 Americans in the College of Cardinals, Hickey headed the Washington Diocese from 1980 to 2000. He died in a Washington nursing home after "his health slowly deteriorated over the past year," said Susan Gibbs, the diocese spokeswoman.

Born Oct. 11, 1920, in Midland, Mich., Hickey was ordained a priest 58 years ago and became a cardinal in 1988, eight years after he became archbishop of Washington.