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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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Austria: Jesuit dies in hiking accident
Austria: Jesuit dies in hiking accident

Tributes have been paid to a senior member of the Jesuit Curia in Rome who died on Sunday (7 June) following a mountaineering accident in Italy. Fr Severin Leitner SJ, the Regional Assistant and council member of Fr General for Central and Eastern Europe, died tragically after slipping on a snowfield and falling over a cliff, while trekking on the Gran Sasso mountains in Aquila, Italy. On receiving this news, Fr John Dardis SJ, the President of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials in Europe, wrote: "The death of Severin Leitner came as a great shock

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Canon Pat Browne pays tribute to Charles Kennedy
Canon Pat Browne pays tribute to Charles Kennedy

Canon Pat Browne, who serves as Catholic Priest at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, paid tribute to Scottish MP Charles Kennedy who died last week. Fr Pat, who is also Parish Priest at Holy Apostles in Pimlico, wrote in the parish newsletter yesterday: "I was deeply saddened on Tuesday this week when I heard of the death of Charles Kennedy. In my role as Catholic Priest in Parliament I got to know him as he was a regular participant at the Masses I celebrate in Parliament every Wednesday. We exchanged texts the day before the general election and I re-read his last one to me this

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Archbishop  Tartaglia pays tribute to Charles Kennedy
Archbishop Tartaglia pays tribute to Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy, the first Catholic leader of a major British political party, died suddenly at his home in Fort William last night... Reacting to the news, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, said: "Charles Kennedy's death at the tragically premature age of 55 is a great loss not only to politics in our country but to the principles of civic and civilised engagement. His wisdom and courtesy were a mark of his highland upbringing, his political skill grew from his sharp intellect and his humility and concern for others was testament to his deeply held beliefs.

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John Templeton Foundation mourns loss of Dr Jack Templeton
John Templeton Foundation mourns loss of Dr Jack Templeton

John M Templeton, Jr, MD, the president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation and formerly a paediatric surgeon and director of the trauma program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, died on Saturday, May 16 at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was 75 years old. The cause was cancer, according to his daughter, Heather Templeton Dill. Out of respect for Dr Templeton, the family withheld the formal announcement until after a ceremony for the Templeton Prize, sponsored by the foundation, which was held on May 18 at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

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CAFOD mourns Sister Maura O'Donohue
CAFOD mourns Sister Maura O'Donohue

CAFOD is mourning Sister Maura O'Donohue, who from 1987 led CAFOD's pioneering response to the escalating global HIV and AIDS pandemic. For a decade CAFOD highlighted HIV and AIDS as a major development issue and was at the cutting edge of education, advocacy and project funding in every continent in response to the crisis. Sr Maura was at the heart of this vital response, which represents one of CAFOD's finest hours. CAFOD's Head of Humanitarian Department, Matthew Carter, said: "Sr Maura was a wise, gentle, eloquent and persuasive medical doctor

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 ICCJ Mourns death of former Roman Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff
ICCJ Mourns death of former Roman Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff

While preparing for our Annual Conference in Rome we received the sad news of the death of Rabbi Elio Toaff, Rome's emeritus Chief Rabbi who passed away on Sunday night eleven days before his hundredth birthday. Rabbi Toaff served as Chief Rabbi of Rome from 1951 till 2002 and played an essential role in rebuilding Jewish life in Italy in the aftermath of the Shoah. On April 13, 1986 he welcomed Pope John Paul II to the Great Synagogue of Rome during the historic first visit of a reigning Pope to a Jewish house of worship.

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Birmingham: Funeral of Father Anthony Sims
Birmingham: Funeral of Father Anthony Sims

The funeral service for Father Anthony Sims took place at Christ the King in Coventry on Thursday 26th March at 11.30. The service was led Archbishop Bernard Longley. Many of the priests from the archdiocese were present. The Homily at the Mass was given by Canon Tom Farrell, Parish Priest at Christ the King in Coventry and is detailed below. Following the service at Christ the King, Father Sims was cremated at Canley Crematorium and his remains will be buried with his family at later date at London Road cemetery, Coventry. Donations were made and can still be made to Father Sims' memory

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Middlesbrough: Fr Michael Murray has died
Middlesbrough: Fr Michael Murray has died

The Bishop of Middlesbrough will be the chief celebrant at the funeral of a "faithful" priest who served parishes in Hessle, Middlesbrough, Market Weighton and Brotton. Father Michael Murray died peacefully in hospital in his hometown, Carlisle, on Tuesday March 10 at 1.40am. He was 83. Before he passed away, Father Michael gave a blessing from his hospital bed to his family, including his twin sister, Ann Marie Douglas. Father Michael was born in Carlisle on January 30 1932 and became a brother of the Hospitaller Order of St John of God before training for the priesthood at St Edmond's

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Middlesbrough: Father Joe Brennan RIP
Middlesbrough: Father Joe Brennan RIP

A priest who ministered to prisoners and the sick while serving five parishes in the Diocese of Middlesbrough will be flown home to his native Ireland for burial after a funeral Mass in Whitby. Father Joe Brennan died at 6am on Saturday March 7 in the Whitby Court Nursing Home at the age of 94. Father Joe was born on November 6 1921 in Enfield, County Meath, the son of Joseph and Margaret Brennan. mHe was ordained as a Holy Ghost Father on July 16 1950 at Holy Cross College near Dublin. The then Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Right Reverend Bishop George Brunner,

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London: Popular young Catholic musician killed in traffic accident + FUNERAL DATE
London: Popular young Catholic musician killed in traffic accident + FUNERAL DATE

Tributes have been flooding in following the tragic death yesterday, of one of England's leading Catholic musicians, writes friend, Phil Andrews. Nick Gale, 39, died at the scene of a hit and run collision between his motorcycle and a cement lorry on London's Kensington High Street at 10am, Tuesday 10 March. Eyewitness reports revealed how a passerby had fought desperately to save Nick's life, holding his hand and praying with him whilst waiting for the Ambulance Service to arrive.

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Middlesbrough: Tributes paid to Canon Gerry Cox
Middlesbrough: Tributes paid to Canon Gerry Cox

Tributes have been paid to Canon Gerald Cox, who has died at the age of 80 after serving parishes throughout the Diocese of Middlesbrough across five decades. Canon Gerry was born in Hull on July 11 1934, the son of Albert and Catherine and brother of Peter and John. At St Vincent's Primary School he was a classmate of another future priest of the Diocese, Father Brian Nicholson. After completing his secondary education at the Marist College, he graduated from Hull University in Mathematics. After a one-year preparation course at Campion House,

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