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Westminster: Tributes paid to Russian diplomat on centenary of his death
Westminster: Tributes paid to Russian diplomat on centenary of his death

A memorial service for Count Alexander Benckendorff, the last Ambassador of the Russian Empire to the Court of St James's, was held on Wednesday at the Westminster Cathedral. Ambassador Benckendorff died in office on 11 January 100 years ago. In nearly 50 years of diplomatic service Benckendorff made a great contribution to the development of Russian-British political and military union as well as strengthening relations between the two countries, including during the First World War. He enjoyed unquestioned authority among the diplomats, both in Britain and Russia.

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Archbishop who was 'Icon of Resistance' to Palestinians, has died
Archbishop who was 'Icon of Resistance' to Palestinians, has died

The Greek Melkite Archbishop, Hilarion Capucci who fought for Palestinian rights and was imprisoned for four years in the 1970s, convicted of arms smuggling, died on 1 January at the age of 94. Born in Aleppo, Syria, on 2 March 1922, Hilarion Capucci was ordained a priest of the Basilian Alepian Order on 20 July 1947. On 30 July 1965, he was appointed Archbishop of Caesarea in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. On 18 August 1974 he was arrested by Israeli security forces for smuggling weapons into the West Bank in a Mercedes sedan.

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Scottish Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a priest
Scottish Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a priest

Bishop William Nolan, the Bishop of Galloway has paid tribute to Fr George Thompson who died peacefully on 23 December 2016, aged 88 at Senwick Nursing Home in Borgue. Bishop Nolan said: "Father George Thompson was a man whose life was inspired and motivated by a deep faith in Jesus Christ. A faith he put into practice by embracing three vocations: teaching, politics and the priesthood. In each of these he sought to serve God and to serve others. We give thanks to God for all the good that he did throughout his life."

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Italy: Superior General of Xaverian Missionaries has died
Italy: Superior General of Xaverian Missionaries has died

The Superior General of the Xaverian Missionaries, Father Luigi Menegazzo passed away yesterday, 18 December, at Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. He was 64 years old. Fr Luigi had been in poor health for some time. In recent days, his health had worsened. He died of cardio-respiratory failure. Born in 1952 in Cittadella, in the province of Padua, Luigi Menegazzo entered the Xaverian Missionaries in 1963. He was ordained a priest on September 25, 1977. After obtaining a Masters in Missiology at the Gregorian University in 1980, he was assigned to Japan, where he served as assistant priest and then parish

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Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury RIP
Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury RIP

The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, DCFO, has died. She was 94. The Delegation of Great Britain and Ireland said in a statement: Molly Salisbury, an Anglican, was a longstanding member and supporter of the Constantinian Order in Britain. She was awarded the Gold Benemerenti Medal in the early 1980s and in 2006 was invested into the Royal Order of Francis I to the rank and dignity of Dame Commander in recognition of her charitable and inter-religious endeavours in Great Britain and beyond. In 1982 she founded the Help Poland Fund to supply Roman Catholic Church centres in Poland with

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Pope sends condolences on death of Cardinal Arns
Pope sends condolences on death of Cardinal Arns

Brazilian Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns died on Wednesday morning, aged 95, after a long struggle with lung and kidney problems. The Archbishop Emeritus of Sao Paulo was the last living Cardinal to be appointed by Pope Paul VI in 1973. Cardinal Arns served as Archbishop of Sao Paulo from 1970 to 1998. A pastor at heart, never far from his flock, Cardinal Arns was much beloved by the faithful. He was also known for having challenged leaders of the brutal Brazilian military dictatorship of 1964-1985 and for his fight against torture in Latin America.

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Bishop Javier Echevarria, head of Opus Dei,  has died
Bishop Javier Echevarria, head of Opus Dei, has died

Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei, died last night, 12 December. In a statement, the Prelature announced: At 9.20pm (Rome time) on December 12th, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bishop Javier Echevarria, the prelate of Opus Dei, passed away. He was 84. He was the second successor of St Josemaria Escriva, Opus Dei's founder. The auxiliary vicar of Opus Dei, Monsignor Fernando Ocariz, administered the sacrament of the sick a few hours before his death.

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Former Jesuit superior Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach  RIP
Former Jesuit superior Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach RIP

Pope Francis has added his condolences to the Jesuits and their co-workers in Britain and beyond who have been paying tribute to Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ, the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who died on Saturday. Elected at the 33rd General Congregation in 1983, Fr Kolvenbach had been a Jesuit for 68 years and served as General for almost a quarter of a century. He was 87 years old. Born on 30 November 1928 in Druten in Holland, Fr Kolvenbach entered the Society of Jesus at the age of 19 and was missioned while still a scholastic (a Jesuit in formation) to Lebanon.

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Pope offers prayers for Fidel Castro
Pope offers prayers for Fidel Castro

Pope Francis has expressed his condolences after the death of the former President of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, Fidel Castro. In a telegram sent to the current president, Raul Castro, the Holy Father also offered his prayers for the former leader, and entrusted the Cuban people to the intercession of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, the patroness of Cuba. Here is the full text of the telegram from Pope Francis:

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South Africa:  AoS director mourned after his sudden death
South Africa: AoS director mourned after his sudden death

The funeral of the national director of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in South Africa was held on 7th November at Holy Trinity Church in Durban. Terry Whitfield was due to travel to London for an AoS conference on seafarers' welfare on Sunday 23rd October when he was found dead in his home. Terry had been involved in many social welfare and Church charities during his life. He had been a part of the Apostleship of the Sea in South Africa for over three decades and until 2013 coordinated the Indian Ocean region's work of the charity.

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The Art of Dying Well
The Art of Dying Well

The Ars Moriendi or 'Art of Dying' was a very popular fifteenth century manuscript designed to bring Christian comfort and practical guidance to a dying person and his/her family. The original Latin texts and illustrations offered advice on the protocols and procedures for a good death. Key content included deathbed etiquette and prayers, as well as the five temptations that a dying person might face and the prescribed antidotes. The Ars Moriendi illustrated some fairly turbulent scenes, such as the devil trying to snare the soul of a dying man and battles raging between the angels and the demons at the deathbed. These works were popular and visceral because death was daily on the doorstep.

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Sir Sigmund Sternberg has died
Sir Sigmund Sternberg has died

Sir Sigmund Sternberg, philanthropist, renowned interfaith campaigner and co-founder of 3FF, has died. He was 95. A true giant of the interfaith movement, Sir Sigmund spent most of his life building better relations between people of different faiths and beliefs. He founded 3FF, the Three Faiths Forum, together with Revd Dr Marcus Braybrooke and the late Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi in 1997. The founding of 3FF was only one of his many achievements in the field, which include strengthening the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), helping to form the International CCJ (ICCJ), and working

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Thailand: Bishops call for year of prayer for the late King
Thailand: Bishops call for year of prayer for the late King

Thailand is in mourning, following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej last Thursday. "People are speechless for a moment and then burst into tears" one missionary said. "Young and old, men and women, in cities and suburbs. It was, and still is a manifestation of sincere affection towards the monarch. Preparations were underway for his birthday on December 5, Father's national holiday, but his health conditions worsened a few days ago.

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Obituary - Fr Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm
Obituary - Fr Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm

It is with sadness, but trusting in the loving mercy of God, that the British Province of Carmelites announces the death this morning of our brother Fr Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm. The following text comes from the announcement on the British province site: "Piet was born in The Netherlands in 1939. Growing up there during the Nazi occupation of World War II, Piet was greatly impressed with the witness to the Gospel of Carmelite martyrs such as Blessed Titus Brandsma.

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Elizabeth Wang - RIP
Elizabeth Wang - RIP

Catholic artist and writer Elizabeth Wang died peacefully at her home in Hertfordshire on Saturday, 10 September, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three months ago. She was known to many people through her religious paintings, reproduced in many books and journals, and as the founder of the Radiant Light movement.

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Church leaders pay tribute to Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen
Church leaders pay tribute to Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen

Church leaders have paid tribute to Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen, the former Chief Rabbi of Haifa, who died on Monday at the age of 89. He was buried on Tuesday at Jerusalem's Mount of Olives. A former fighter in pre-state Jewish underground movements, Cohen was was a vehement opponent of withdrawing from occupied land, but was also active in interfaith dialogue with Christians and Muslims and became the first Jew to address a Vatican synod in 2008. In a statement Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Chairman of the Bishops Conference

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Joan Reilly - RIP
Joan Reilly - RIP

Joan Reilly, a former lecturer at St Mary's University, died on 10th August 2016 aged 90. The Requiem Mass of Joan Mary Walpole Reilly, held at the Chapel in the Maryville Care Home in Brentford, west London last Friday, was attended by former students, colleagues and family members. Born at St Thomas' Hospital in London on 17th January 1926, Joan was the daughter of watchmaker Francis Reilly and Anne Walpole, who had met in Leitrim in Ireland. Sadly her father died when she was just four years old.

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India: Archbishop who championed persecuted Christians has died
India: Archbishop who championed persecuted Christians has died

A retired Archbishop who bore the brunt of one of the worst Christian persecutions India has ever witnessed in modern times, died on Sunday, August 14. Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, who led the archdiocese for over 30 years, died of colon cancer at the Holy Spirit Hospital in Mumbai at the age of 82. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai and President of the Latin Bishops in India (CCBI) said:

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Texts: Bishop Donal McKeown, Archbishop Eamon Martin at funeral of Bishop Edward Daly
Texts: Bishop Donal McKeown, Archbishop Eamon Martin at funeral of Bishop Edward Daly

Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, gave the homily at the Requiem Mass celebrated for Bishop Daly in St Eugene's Cathedral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland yesterday. Archbishop Eamon Martin gave a tribute at the end of the Mass before the final commendation. The funeral came after three days in which many thousands of people came to pay their respects to the 'People's Bishop'.

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Pope Francis mourns death of Bishop Edward Daly
Pope Francis mourns death of Bishop Edward Daly

Pope Francis sent a special message expressing his condolences for the death of Bishop Edward Kevin Daly on Thursday, recalling his generous ministry in the service of peace and justice. The message was read by Mgr Amaury Medina Blanco - Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature to Ireland - at the funeral Mass celebrated for Bishop Daly in St Eugene's Cathedral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Bishop Daly became one of the symbols of the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland after being photographed holding up a blood-stained handkerchief

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Farewell Fr Patrick Shanahan - champion of street children + film
Farewell Fr Patrick Shanahan - champion of street children + film

Fr Patrick Shanahan, a Missionary of Africa (White Father) who dedicated his life to working with street children, died on Sunday, 7 August. Born in Bushey Hertfordshire in 1941, Fr Patrick served as a missionary and Ghana for 53 years and was the founder of Streetinvest, a charity working with street children. Announcing the news of his death, Streetinvest said: "Patrick was a great man who influenced many lives. Without him the world will be a worse place. Without him the world would have been a much worse place. Street children have lost a giant champion.

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 Ireland: Bishop Edward Daly has died
Ireland: Bishop Edward Daly has died

The former Bishop of Derry, Bishop Edward Daly has died. In a statement Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conferencesaid: It was with great sadness that I learned this morning of the death of our beloved Bishop Edward Daly. As the bishop who ordained me to the priesthood in 1987, I had huge admiration for Bishop Edward. I shall always be grateful for his pastoral guidance, kindness and support. Bishop Edward was an iconic figure in the civic and Church life

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Pope Francis prays for journalist who died at World Youth Day
Pope Francis prays for journalist who died at World Youth Day

Pope Francis yesterday remembered Italian journalist Anna Maria Jacobini, who died in her hotel bed in Krakow on Friday. The 58-year-old was covering World Youth Day for RAI, the Italian state broadcaster. She is believed to have died of natural causes. Her death was not reported immediately because her 94-year-old mother had to be informed first. Anna Maria led a weekly Catholic affairs program and in the past had covered other papal trips, grueling affairs for reporters, who usually work from before dawn till late into the night.

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London: Commemorative Mass for Sr Roger Casement
London: Commemorative Mass for Sr Roger Casement

A commemorative Mass was celebrated in the crypt of Westminster Cathedral on Monday for Sir Roger Casement - on the eve of the 100th anniversary of his execution. Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison on 3 August 1916 after he was convicted of treason following his attempts to secure German military support for Irish independence. An heroic figure, earlier he had exposed the abuse suffered by natives in the Belgian Congo and Peru.

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President of Vatican Health Council dies, aged 67
President of Vatican Health Council dies, aged 67

The President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, died overnight at the age of 67 after a long illness. Archbishop Zimowski was born in Kupienin, Poland, April 7, 1949; and ordained priest on 25 May 1973. Pope St John Paul II appointed Zimowski bishop of the Diocese of Radom, Poland, on 28 March 2002. He was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 April 2009.

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