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Rome: Mass for cricketer Phillip Hughes
Rome: Mass for cricketer Phillip Hughes

Australia’s ambassador to the Holy See, John McCarthy, has arranged for Mass to be offered in the chapel of the Venerable English College, Rome, at 6pm on Tuesday, 2 December for Phillip Hughes and his family. The Vatican Cricket XI (Saint Peter’s Cricket Club) will attend along with representatives from the Pontifical Council for Culture and supporters of the Vatican team. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr Anthony Currer, an English priest working at the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity,

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Link: Homily for Requiem Mass of Fr Gerard W Hughes SJ by Fr  Brendan Callaghan SJ
Link: Homily for Requiem Mass of Fr Gerard W Hughes SJ by Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ

Where to start? I think Gerry would like us to begin with our own experience, right in the here and now, because at the centre of his life was his conviction that “God is in the facts, whatever my experience may be, so the facts must be kind.”And the facts of this moment of mourning are kind. We are each of here today because our lives have been touched by God through Gerry W Hughes. That much we have in common; but the particular ways in which our experience of God has been influenced by our contact with Gerry are as many as the number of us all.

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 Middlesbrough: Father Norman Jacobson has died
Middlesbrough: Father Norman Jacobson has died

Tributes have been paid to much-loved priest, Father Norman Jacobson, who has died at the age of 67 following a lengthy period of ill health. Born in Boldon, Co Durham, on February 13 1947, Father Norman was initially ordained into the Anglican ministry and worked in parishes throughout Teesside, including St Thomas’s, Brambles Farm, St Paul’s, Thornaby, and All Saints, in Middlesbrough town centre. After entering the Roman Catholic Church, he studied at St John’s, Wonersh,

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Zimbabwe: Bro Canisius Chishiri SJ, founder of Zambuko House, has died
Zimbabwe: Bro Canisius Chishiri SJ, founder of Zambuko House, has died

Jesuit Brother and founder of Zambuko House for street children, Brother Canisius Chishiri, died in Harare yesterday morning, 6 November. In a brief statement, Father Lawrence Daka SJ, Assistant Provincial in the Zimbabwe Jesuit Province, said: "Bro Chishiri, a member of the ZIM Province, died today 6 November 2014 aged 66 at Richartz House, Harare, Zimbabwe." A Wake Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Wayside on Sunday 9 November 2014 at 5.30pm. 

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Fr Gerard W Hughes RIP - funeral date
Fr Gerard W Hughes RIP - funeral date

The funeral of Fr Gerry W Hughes SJ, who died on Tuesday, will take place at Farm Street Church in London at 2pm on Monday 17 November 2014, followed by burial at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 November. Gerard William Hughes was born on 22 March 1924 in Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1942. After studying at Heythrop College (at that time in Oxfordshire), Skt Georgen in Frankfurt and Campion Hall, Oxford, he was ordained in 1958,

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Ignatian spirituality family loses a giant: Tribute to Gerard W Hughes SJ
Ignatian spirituality family loses a giant: Tribute to Gerard W Hughes SJ

I never had the opportunity to meet Gerry Hughes in person, but (as I suspect is true for many), he had a profound impact on my life through his writings. As a young student in the Jesuit Catholic Chaplaincy his first book "God of Surprises" opened up to me a totally new understanding of who God is, of how to pray differently and the beginnings of the realisation that I could trust my experience. For me it was the book which unlocked something for me that has been unfolding ever since.

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Gerard W Hughes SJ has died
Gerard W Hughes SJ has died

Gerard W Hughes SJ, died peacefully in the Jesuit nursing home in Boscombe, Bournmouth, at about 2.30pm today (Tuesday 4 November). He celebrated his 90th birthday in March this year. May he rest in peace. Fr Gerry was a much-loved priest, spiritual director, author, teacher and friend to many.  Fr Gerry's books included God of Surprises, God in All Things, Oh God Why?, and Walking with God. His last book, Cry of Wonder was published just last week.

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Ireland: Sisters of Mercy  killed in car accident
Ireland: Sisters of Mercy killed in car accident

Two nuns from Belfast died in a car accident in Northern Ireland yesterday. Sister Frances Forde and Sister Marie Duddy were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with an unmarked police car close to Newry, Co Down. The two Sisters of Mercy were on their way to a retreat when the accident occurred. They died at the scene. Bishop Noel Treanor from the diocese of Down and Connor, said: "This sudden and shocking loss of life leaves an impact not only upon all those who have known the sisters but upon the wider community 

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New York: Polish Catholic Auschwitz survivor dies
New York: Polish Catholic Auschwitz survivor dies

Michael Preisler, a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz, died on 28 September in Richmond Hill, New York, the day before his 95th birthday. His funeral takes place tomorrow. He is survived by his children Eva, and Andrew. In 1939, Michael's entire family was evicted from their home by the Gestapo, in fulfillment of Adolph Hitler's order to his generals before they invaded Poland to “Kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish descent or Polish language.”

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Tributes to Jim Dobbin MP
Tributes to Jim Dobbin MP

Tributes have been pouring to Jim Dobbin, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton, who died suddenly on Sunday while on a visit to Poland. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. "On behalf of the Catholic community, I express profound sorrow at the unexpected death of Jim Dobbin MP on his recent trip to Poland. I share with many a deep sense of loss at his death. "First thoughts are with his widow and family. I assure Mrs Pat Dobbin of my prayers for her beloved husband 

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Ireland: Funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds
Ireland: Funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

Hundreds of politicians, business figures and dignitaries joined family and friends at the Requiem Mass of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds today in the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in Dublin. President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former British prime minister John Major, were among the mourners. The Mass was celebrated by by Fr Brian D'Arcy, a close family friend. Mr Reynolds's daughter Andrea read a reflection while his son, Philip, gave the eulogy, saying: "Few of us will ever bend the course of history, but our collective efforts can make this a better place.

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Pope’s Evangelical friend Bishop Tony Palmer dies in accident
Pope’s Evangelical friend Bishop Tony Palmer dies in accident

Bishop Tony Palmer, the Evangelical friend of Pope Francis, who filmed a smartphone message from the Holy Father which went viral on the internet, calling on all Christians to set aside their differences, died on Sunday, 20 July in a motorcycle accident. According to a statement from The Ark Community he founded, three teams of surgeons tried to save Bishop Palmer's life but he passed away in the evening, leaving behind his wife Emiliana and two teenaged children.

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Tribute to Nadine Gordimer
Tribute to Nadine Gordimer

Last Sunday, the 13th of July, Nadine Gordimer the Nobel winning South African novelist died. This week I have been thinking about the huge impact that her writing has had in shaping the person I am. I have read again some of her novels and been reminded of her visceral, poignant style of writing. It was in reading Nadine Gordimer as a young person 25 years ago that I came to see clearly the incredible destructive force of Apartheid. Her books are about a nation that destroys the lives of many, and yet their real genius is that they are intimate and particular.

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The Funeral of Thérèse Vanier at Canterbury Cathedral
The Funeral of Thérèse Vanier at Canterbury Cathedral

For the second time in a week L’Arche gathered at Canterbury Cathedral. Still full of the joy of the double jubilee of L’Arche in France and the UK, we came to say goodbye to Thérèse Vanier, founder of the UK communities, here in Kent, where the seed was sown. Here was a Catholic Requiem at the beating heart of the Anglican Communion, a generous and appropriate gesture to one who was alive to the scandal of disunity, still achingly present in this Eucharist as the Very Reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, welcomed 

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Thérèse Vanier, co-founder of L'Arche UK has died
Thérèse Vanier, co-founder of L'Arche UK has died

Thérèse Vanier, co-founder of L'Arche UK, died peacefully on Monday, 16 June, aged 91. She was the dearly loved daughter of former Canadian Governor General Georges Vanier and his wife Pauline, the sister of Benedict, Bernard, Jean and Michel. A former consultant haematologist at St Thomas's Hospital, Thérèse was the co-founder of L'Arche UK and a palliative care specialist. The Requiem Mass will take place in Canterbury Cathedral (CT1 2EH) on July 10th at 12 noon. Vigils will be held in Kent and London 

 

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 Remembering Mike Stanley ~ One Year On
Remembering Mike Stanley ~ One Year On

This beautiful obituary was featured in the 2014 Birmingham Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage booklets. On the first anniversary of his homegoing, we remember Mike with much love and deep gratitude. Many of us have fond memories of Mike going as far back to his days with Drowsy Maggie; his time at the Diocesan Youth Centre, Soli House; Charismatic Renewal gatherings; and on stage with his wife, Yvonne in Shenanigans; and many other settings besides.

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Obituary: Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly - 'A dove in crimson fields'
Obituary: Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly - 'A dove in crimson fields'
Karem Delly was born in Tel Keppe, in northern Iraq, on September 27, 1927 to Jarjes Murad Delly and Katrina Putros .He was baptized on October 6, 1927 by father Francis Kattola.When he completed his high school education, Delly enrolled at the St Peter seminary in Mosul on September 21, 1940. After studying philosophy for two years he was sent by Patriarch Emmanuel II Toma to Rome to further his education. Delly obtained a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical Urbaniana University.
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Iraq: Chaldean Patriarch emeritus Emmanuel III Delly has died
Iraq: Chaldean Patriarch emeritus Emmanuel III Delly has died
Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans died in hospital in San Diego,  California on 8 April. He was 87 years old. The news was announced by Chaldean Church sources. The current Chaldean Patriarch, Raphael Louis Sako I,  said Cardinal Delly "served the Chaldean Church for more than 60 years with dedication, first as a priest and then as Bishop and as Patriarch. He lived through the crises of his country: the revolution in 1958; the wars in the last decades; the persecution of Christians followed by the invasion of the USA.
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Tributes to Fr Francs Van Der Lugt SJ
Tributes to Fr Francs Van Der Lugt SJ
Tributes have been pouring in to Dutch Jesuit Fr Francs van der Lugt who was killed yesterday in the besieged city of Homs. Fr Francs was shot twice in the head by an unknown sniper while he tended his small garden.  Speaking from Syria, fellow Jesuit Fr Ziad Hillal explained that Fr Francs had been looking after a group of Christians trapped in the Old City who were sheltering in an old monastery. Several had managed to leave during a truce but 20 or more were still left and he had remained to take care of those who could not leave.
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Obituary: Baron Riccardo Carini, KCHS Founder of Thai Children's Trust
Obituary: Baron Riccardo Carini, KCHS Founder of Thai Children's Trust
Riccardo Carini was born in London in 1930 to Italian parents. His brother Romolo followed four years later. They were inseparable. Shortly afterwards Italy declared war on England, and the Carini brothers endured six years of war bearing an Italian surname in a London that was more openly xenophobic even than today. Young Riccardo was forged with the fierce family loyalties and staunch Catholicism typical of his Sicilian forbears. He was endowed with huge abilities – including an extraordinary appetite for hard work.
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Obituary: Deacon Jim Richards MBE
Obituary: Deacon Jim Richards MBE
Rosemary Keenan, CEO Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster) writes: the For those of us who worked with James Manson Richards, known to us as Jim, his most outstanding attributes were his faith and commitment to children and families in need and the love he had for his own family and friends. Since he qualified as a Probation Officer and Child Care Officer in 1970, Jim Richards was a passionate advocate of children’s rights, concerned to address child poverty and a campaigner for excellence in adoption and children’s care services.
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Deacon Jim Richards MBE has died
Deacon Jim Richards MBE has died
Deacon Jim Richards, who served as head of the Catholic Children's Society, Westminster, for 16 years, died on Saturday, 22 February, 2014,  the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, after a long illness.  Jim was ordained as a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Westminster in July 2006.  He is survived by his wife Diane and their two children.  Rosemary Keenan, who succeeded Jim as CEO of the Catholic Children's Society Westminster said:  "Deacon Jim Richards was a man of integrity and for whom the faith was a reality to be lived and expressed in all that he did.
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New York priest pays tribute to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
New York priest pays tribute to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
The priest who presided over Philip Seymour Hoffman’s funeral at the Church of St Ignatius Loyola in New York on Friday, has spoken of their 10-year friendship, and paid tribute to the actor's modest personality. Fr James Martin is a Jesuit priest who first met Hoffman when the actor asked him for advice in 2003 about the Labyrinth Theatre Company’s production of the off-Broadway play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, which was directed by Hoffman. Five year's later, Fr Martin assisted Hoffman with writing the role of Fr Flynn in his 2008 film Doubt,
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Paul Goggins - funeral details and further tributes
Paul Goggins - funeral details and further tributes
The funeral of Paul Goggins, Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, who died on 7 January, will take place at St John's Cathedral, Salford on Thursday 16 January at 12 noon. This will be  a public service and Paul’s family have asked that donations to CAFOD, the Cardinal Hume Centre or Leukaemia Lymphoma Research are made instead of flowers. Chris Bain, Director of CAFOD, writes: I have known Paul and his wife Wyn for 40 years since our University days. I have always felt part of their wonderful extended family and seen their children grow up to be
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Tributes to Paul Goggins MP
Tributes to Paul Goggins MP
Tributes have been pouring in to ICN since the death of Paul Goggins MP was announced yesterday - from the many people who he worked with over the years, and whose lives he touched. Niall Cooper from Church Action on Poverty; Lewis Rose, Chair of Church Action on Poverty; Christine Allen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid; Cathy Corcoran chief executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre write ...'Paul was an energetic, caring and deeply committed person who was enormously generous with his time and support.
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