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Corrymeela leader reflects on life of Martin McGuinness
Corrymeela leader reflects on life of Martin McGuinness

Pádraig Ó Tuama the leader of the Corrymeela community, the Christian centre for peace and reconciliation in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland reflects on the life of Martin McGuinness - whose life was marked by a move from violence to peacemaking and reconciliation. He writes: I first met Martin McGuinness when he and Peter Robinson opened the Davey Village at Corrymeela.

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 Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to Martin McGuinness RIP
Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to Martin McGuinness RIP

Like many people I was shocked before Christmas to hear about the serious illness of Martin McGuinness, and, despite our hopes and prayers for his recovery, today I am saddened to learn that he has died. My first thoughts are with his dear wife Bernie, his children, grandchildren, brothers and sister, and all his many friends and loved ones.

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Statement by Bishop Donal McKeown on death of Martin McGuinness
Statement by Bishop Donal McKeown on death of Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister died today, just two months after retiring due to ill health. McGuinness was a former IRA leader who played a leading role in the peace process. Bishop Donal McKeown said in a statement: "The death of Martin McGuinness, which was announced this morning, will affect many people in different ways. "Martin McGuinness played a

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Sister Cecilia Goodman CJ
Sister Cecilia Goodman CJ

The sisters of the Congregation of Jesus announced yesterday the sudden death at the Bar Convent, York, of Sister Cecilia Goodman CJ on Sunday February 26th. The director of St. Bede's Pastoral Centre in York and former provincial superior of the CJ, Sister Cecilia played a major role in offering training for spiritual directors inthe Ignatian tradition. She was an outstanding spiritual director herself, but also a skilled trainer and enabler of the ministry of others across a wide ecumenical spectrum.

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Ampleforth: Fr Bonaventure Knollys has died
Ampleforth: Fr Bonaventure Knollys has died

Fr Bonaventure Knollys OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth on 23 February 2017, at the age of 81. He was born in Birmingham in July 1935 and educated at Ampleforth. He joined the monastic community in September 1953, but left the community in 1957 in order to go and teach in an African Mission School in Uganda. He returned in 1962 and a year later went to Fribourg in Switzerland to study Theology. On his return to Ampleforth in 1967,

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Ampleforth: Fr Augustine Measures OSB has died
Ampleforth: Fr Augustine Measures OSB has died

Fr Augustine Measures OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in York Hospital on 9 February 2017, at the age of 89. He was born in Wembley in November 1927 and educated in Welbury and at Ampleforth College. From 1946-1948 he was an Army (Tanks) Radio Instructor, before joining the monastic community at Ampleforth Abbey in September 1948. Fr Augustine studied at St Benet's Hall in the University of Oxford from 1951-1955, and a year after being ordained priest in July 1958 he joined the monastic community at St Louis in Missouri, which had been founded from

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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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