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Bruce Kent reflects on life of Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ
Bruce Kent reflects on life of Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ

Some younger Catholics may never have heard of Fr Daniel Berrigan who died on 30 April at the age of 94. This news will bring back a flood of memories especially for those who experienced the peace movement of the Vietnam era. Both he and his brother Philip were heroes to many, and well known worldwide as Catholic radicals. In Dan's case also as a university teacher, significant author and poet. From a family of six brothers, Dan joined the Jesuits and was ordained in 1952. Both he and Phil were vocal and radical opponents of American

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Peace activist Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ has died
Peace activist Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ has died

The American Jesuit priest and poet Daniel Berrigan - famous for leading defiant protests against the Vietnam War - died on Saturday in New York aged 94. Father Berrigan emerged as a radical Catholic voice against the war in the 1960s and won fame when he and his younger brother Fr Philip Berrigan seized draft records of troops about to be deployed in Vietnam. Together with seven others they burned the files. The group were convicted of destroying government property and sentenced on 9 November 1968 to prison terms

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DR Congo: Brave priest who alerted world to LRA massacres has died
DR Congo: Brave priest who alerted world to LRA massacres has died

Don Benoît Kinalegu, the Catholic priest who alerted the world to the terrible abuses of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Congo, has passed away at only 53 years of age. It was Don Kinalegu who first reported the massacre committed by the Ugandan origin group during Christmas 2008, with the killing of more than 800 people in the region of Haut-Uélé. "When a colleague and I arrived in Dungu to see if the reports were true, we were told that there was one person we needed to meet: Abbé Benoît",

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EWTN founder  Mother Mary Angelica has died
EWTN founder Mother Mary Angelica has died

In a brief message tonight, EWTN has just announced:

We regret to announce the passing of our Beloved Foundress Mother Mary Angelica.

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Church leaders express condolences and offer prayers for Belgium
Church leaders express condolences and offer prayers for Belgium

Church leaders have issued condolence messages and prayers for the people of Belgium in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels today which have killed more than 30 people and injured hundreds. 'Learning of the attacks in Brussels, which have affected many people, His Holiness Pope Francis entrusts to God's mercy those who died and he prays for those who have lost relatives. He expresses his deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, and all those who contribute to relief efforts, asking the Lord to bring them

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Reflection: Antonin Scalia's death and the death penalty
Reflection: Antonin Scalia's death and the death penalty

Over the last few days we have been subjected to a non-stop laudatory commentary via US corporate media on Antonin Scalia, who died on February 13, 2016. So be it. People can say what they want, or what they are paid to say as they wish. For my part I only wish Antonin Scalia, a fellow Christian and human being, the best in his future existence. The glitterati of Washington's political and media society fought like the devil to get a ticket into the Immaculate Conception Basilica for his Catholic funeral liturgy.

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Sister Romain, Anne de Clerque Wissoc de Sousbergh RIP
Sister Romain, Anne de Clerque Wissoc de Sousbergh RIP

Sister Anne was born in 1904 in Brussels into an aristocratic Belgian family able to trace its history back to the 12th Century. She "came out" as a debutante at the Belgian Court but she had little time for the trappings of this kind of life and had felt the call to religious life while at boarding school, near Liege, run by the Sisters of the Assumption. She showed real potential as an artist and on leaving school enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. She really wanted to be a sculptor but was torn between this and the strength of the call to

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 Death of Fr Aelred Burrows, monk of Ampleforth
Death of Fr Aelred Burrows, monk of Ampleforth

Fr Aelred Burrows OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth Abbey on 18 February 2016, at the age of 76. He was born in Warrington in July 1939 and educated at the Xaverian College in Manchester, before joining the monastic community at Ampleforth in September 1965. He was ordained priest on 7 July 1968 and then spent just over twenty-five years in a variety of roles in the school, including teaching History and Religious Studies and Housemaster in St Hugh's House from 1976-1984.

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Abbot Patrick Barry, oldest monk of Ampleforth has died
Abbot Patrick Barry, oldest monk of Ampleforth has died

Abbot Patrick Barry OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth Abbey on Sunday 21 February 2016, just over two months after celebrating his 98th birthday. He had been a monk at Ampleforth for just over 80 years and his death was marked with the traditional tolling of the bell in the abbey church tower, with one toll for each year of Abbot Patrick's life. He was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, on 6 December 1917 and went to school in Liverpool and then to Ampleforth College.

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'Life is Sweet'- A tribute to Louise Zanre Da Silva
'Life is Sweet'- A tribute to Louise Zanre Da Silva

Ever since I heard the news that Louise Zanré Da Silva died suddenly last Monday, I've been feeling really alive and full of energy. I have a new appreciation of life that can only come when the finality of someone else's death, particularly a friend of only 47, hits home. I am one of many to feel incredibly blessed to have known and worked with Louise for two decades, one of so many inspirational women in the Justice and Peace movement here in Britain. During the 13 years she was Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), a role from which she recently stepped

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Louise Zanre has died
Louise Zanre has died

We were very sorry to hear the news that Louise Zanre has died. The news was announced today in a short message on the Jesuit Refugee Service website: JRS UK is sorry to inform you of the death of Louise Zanre, former Director of JRS-UK. Louise's death was unexpected, but she had been unwell for some considerable time. She had stepped down from the post of JRS Director at the beginning of this year, although she was continuing to work with us and contribute her great experience. We have no further news at this point.

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Deaths of two Westminster J&P activists
Deaths of two Westminster J&P activists

Sr Margaret Corbett, a regular member and good friend of the North London J&P Network since its beginnings in the mid 1980s, died on 15 January after a long illness. She was a Sister of St Gildas and her funeral took place on 29 January at St Peter in Chains Church, Stroud Green.

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Condolence book opens for  Terry Wogan
Condolence book opens for Terry Wogan

An on-line condolence book has been opened by Limerick Council in memory of the much-loved broadcaster Terry Wogan who died on Saturday after a short illness. Terry Wogan died from cancer on Sunday. He was 77. His family issued a statement, saying: "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time."

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Catholic actor Frank Finlay has died
Catholic actor Frank Finlay has died

Tributes have been pouring in to the distinguished Catholic actor Frank Finlay, who has died aged 89. Finlay, who starred in a wide range of productions on stage and screen with many of the leading actors of his generation - among them Sir Laurence Olivier, Oliver Reed, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith has been hailed 'an astonishing actor' with a 'wonderfully fiery presence on stage and screen'. He died on Saturday, 30th January 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

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Scotland: Tributes to Bishop Ian Murray
Scotland: Tributes to Bishop Ian Murray

Tributes have been paid to Bishop Ian Murray, former Bishop of Argyll & the Isles, who died on Friday 22 January, aged 83. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said: "On behalf of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland I would like to offer Bishop Murray's family our deepest and most prayerful sympathies. During his active years as a bishop, Ian Murray played a full part in the life and work of the Bishops' Conference contributing with humanity, faith and humour to everything that we did. He will be sorely missed.

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Vatican Cardinal pays tribute to David Bowie on Twitter
Vatican Cardinal pays tribute to David Bowie on Twitter

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, paid tribute to rock legend David Bowie, who died this morning at the age of 69, from cancer. In a quote from David Bowie's 1969 Space Oddity, Cardinal Ravasi tweeted this morning: "Ground Control to Major Tom 


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Obituary: Vivien Snow, first Chair of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Wales
Obituary: Vivien Snow, first Chair of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Wales

Vivien Snow, formerly Perry, the first Chair of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Wales and co-worker with Cardinal Suenens, died on 24 October 2015. Born in Hornsey as Vivien Christine Thomas, 3 July 1948 Viv grew up in Barnet where she attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. She read Geography at Southampton University, becoming a teacher of Geography and Religious Education, working in Ireland, and a noted author of school geography textbooks. She was raised Anglican but became a Catholic around 1972.

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Fr Michael Paul Gallagher - Messenger of Wonder and Wonderful Messenger
Fr Michael Paul Gallagher - Messenger of Wonder and Wonderful Messenger

Fr Michael Paul Gallagher SJ called people to discover a God who was much more loving than they had dared imagine, writes Fr Thomas Casey SJ in this beautiful tribute which was first published in the Irish Catholic. Early in his rich and varied teaching career, the gifted Irish Jesuit, Fr Michael Paul Gallagher, who died last Friday (6th November 2015) at the age of 76, used to give an introductory course to students of English literature in University College Dublin. At a certain point, he liked to write these three intriguing words

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Fr Raymond Legge, retired Westminster priest, has died in South Africa
Fr Raymond Legge, retired Westminster priest, has died in South Africa

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has expressed his sadness at the death of a retired Westminster priest in South Africa. Upon hearing of the sudden death of Fr Raymond Legge on 25 August in South Africa, Cardinal Vincent has written to Cardinal Wilfred Napier to thank him for the pastoral care shown. At the same time he has sent a message of greeting and condolence to be read at the Requiem Mass for Fr Raymond, which takes place on Friday 28 August. In his message the Cardinal speaks of the ministry of Fr Raymond in his diocese, especially in Hemel Hempstead,

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Liverpool bids farewell to Cilla + film Cliff Richards tribute
Liverpool bids farewell to Cilla + film Cliff Richards tribute

Family, friends and fans turned out in force for the funeral of Cilla Black, which took place in her family's parish church of St Mary's in Woolton, Liverpool on Thursday. Hundreds of people cheered and threw flowers as her funeral cortege made its way to the church. The bells rang as mourners arrived for the Mass which was concelebrated by Bishop Tom Williams with parish priest Fr Tim Buckley. Cilla's coffin was carried into the church to the sound of Debussy's Clair de Lune. The Mass opened with the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful. Besides Cilla's family, participants included

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Text: Bishop Tom Williams at funeral of Cilla Black
Text: Bishop Tom Williams at funeral of Cilla Black

The Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, gave the following homily at the Funeral Mass for Cilla Black today, Thursday 20 August 2015, in the Church of St Mary, Woolton, Liverpool - the same church in which she married Bobby on 6 March 1969. The full homily text follows: The words and music that we have heard and shared have been both inspirational and beautiful, and there's more to come. My role is not to talk about Cilla, the person we all loved and grieve for, but to talk about why we are here in this beautiful Church: I want to talk about her FAITH.

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Pope pays tribute to late Armenian Patriarch
Pope pays tribute to late Armenian Patriarch

Pope Francis has sent a message to Bishop Gregoire Ghabroyan, administrator of the Patriarchate of Cilicia of the Armenians, for the funeral of His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, who died on 25 June, to be held in the Cathedral of St Elie and St Gregory the Illuminator in Beirut. The message was read during the funeral ceremony by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. "It is with great sadness that I have learned of the return to the house of the Father of our beloved brother in Christ, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Patriarch of Cilicia of

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Fr Francis Joseph Laishley SJ, RIP + Funeral details
Fr Francis Joseph Laishley SJ, RIP + Funeral details

Fr Francis Joseph Laishley SJ, a much beloved lecturer at Heythrop College and member of the community at Mount Street, died on at about 6.15pm on Wednesday 1 July, the day before his 82nd birthday. He was in the 63rd year of religious life and the 48th year of priesthood. Fr Joe Laishley had been admitted to University College Hospital last Friday with a chest infection. Fr Joe taught systematic theology at Heythrop in London for more than 25 years, living at Southwell House, in the Heythrop community at Cavendish Square,

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Text: Fr Roddy McAuley at funeral of Charles Kennedy
Text: Fr Roddy McAuley at funeral of Charles Kennedy

Parish Priest Fr Roddy McAuley gave the following homily today at the funeral of Charles Kennedy the church of St John the Evangelist, Caol, Fort William. Charles Kennedy was a humble man. When Charles' parents died and Charles said a few words in the church, he wouldn't come up here to the lectern but insisted on speaking outside the sanctuary, from the floor. In this church, Charles was one of the 'backbenchers'. He didn't always sit in the same pew but he always sat at the back of the church.

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Scotland: Funeral of Charles Kennedy MP
Scotland: Funeral of Charles Kennedy MP

Mourners have begun to arrive for the funeral of Charles Kennedy MP, which will begin at 12 noon today in St John the Evangelist, Caol, Fort William. The Principal Celebrant will be Monsignor James MacNeil, Administrator of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. Parish Priest Fr Roddy McAuley, will preach the Homily... Fourteen children from St Columba's RC Primary school, Lochyside, which Charles Kennedy attended as a child, will sing the Psalm, "O God, you search me and you know me".

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