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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
Fr Francis Joseph Laishley SJ, RIP

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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New York: Cardinal Egan has died
New York: Cardinal Egan has died

Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus, 12th bishop and ninth archbishop and seventh Cardinal of the See of New York, died on Thursday, 5 March. The cardinal was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2.20pm, cause of death was cardiac arrest. Cardinal Egan was born on April 2, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. His Eminence was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on December 15, 1957. Cardinal Egan was consecrated a bishop in 1985. From 1985 - 1988, Cardinal Egan served as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar for Education of the Archdiocese of New York.

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Fr John Seddon, a great friend of seafarers, has died
Fr John Seddon, a great friend of seafarers, has died

John Green, Director of the Apostleship of the Sea, writes: It is with great sadness that the Apostleship of the Sea has heard of the death on 27th February of Fr John Seddon, a cruise chaplain with the Apostleship of the Sea for more than two decades. Before being ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Father John worked for the Inland Revenue and was in the Royal Navy Reserve. He became AoS port chaplain to Liverpool in 1989 and undertook his first cruise the following year. Since then he served on more than 25 cruises, his last was 

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Catholic editor John Short - RIP
Catholic editor John Short - RIP

John Short was an amazingly gifted communicator who used his talents as a journalist, winning the admiration and respect of his colleagues. He loved nothing better than telling a story and, whether his audience was a single listener or many thousands of readers, was an trifle to John. Born and raised in the heart of Liverpool, he was the son of a GPO technician and one of five children raised in a devout Catholic family where he inherited the gift of the gab, from Irish roots.

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Sieger Köder RIP
Sieger Köder RIP

The German priest painter Sieger Köder has died in Ellwangen, Germany, on February 9th 2015, shortly after his 90th birthday. Trained as a silversmith and painter, Köder was a prisoner of war during World War II and became an art teacher before studying theology in Tübingen and being ordained a priest. He combined his vocation as a parish priest with his work as an artist, producing numerous paintings, altarpieces and stained glass windows for churches within and outside Germany. He continued painting long into his retirement.

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Obituary and tributes to Abbot Bernard Waldron OSB
Obituary and tributes to Abbot Bernard Waldron OSB

Former Old Boys and teachers from Ramsgate and later Westgate-based St Augustine’s College and Abbey School turned out in numbers to honour and remember the life of Abbot Charles Bernard Waldron who died recently. His funeral took place in Chilworth Surrey, at the new home of the Community of Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey formerly in Ramsgate. “Fr Bernard” as he was known to boys and masters, was Headmaster for 30 years of the College and Abbey School from 1957 until 1987.

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Jesuit poet Patrick Purnell has died
Jesuit poet Patrick Purnell has died

Fr Patrick Purnell SJ, whose poetry has been enjoyed by many in print and on the radio, has died at the age of 91. Over his 73 years as a Jesuit, he also made significant contributions to Religious Education in England, Scotland and Wales. Augustine Patrick Purnell was born in 1923 in Cardiff, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1941 at the age of 17. After studies at Heythrop College, Oxfordshire, he was ordained in 1955 and then spent some years teaching Latin and Maths at St Ignatius College, Stamford Hill.

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 Death of Fr Martin Haigh, monk of Ampleforth
Death of Fr Martin Haigh, monk of Ampleforth

Fr Martin Haigh OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth Abbey on 31 January 2015, just over two weeks after his 93rd birthday. He will be forever associated with two special events in 1953: he sent to Sir John Hunt, leader of the Everest Expedition, a small crucifix blessed by Pope Pius XII, asking that it be placed on the summit of Mount Everest; and he started the annual Ampleforth Lourdes Pilgrimage with the then Fr Basil Hume, a pilgrimage of which he was Director until 1987.

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Tribute to Fr Robert Kaggwa - a mighty tree has fallen
Tribute to Fr Robert Kaggwa - a mighty tree has fallen

Ealing Abbey was full to capacity for the funeral of Fr Robert Kaggwa MAf on Thursday, 29 January, 2015. He was buried at St Mary's in Kensal Rise the next day. A friend and colleague Diane Klein has written the following personal tribute: People had travelled from Uganda, the USA, Germany and many places in the UK. There were representatives from the White Fathers and White Sisters, and other religious congregations Robert had known, especially the Sacred Heart Sisters. There were a couple of busloads 

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Westminster: Memorial Service for Jim Dobbins MP
Westminster: Memorial Service for Jim Dobbins MP

For only the second time in over 470 years, a Catholic Mass was held in St Margaret's Church, Westminster yesterday. Parliamentarians from both houses gathered for the Memorial Mass for the late Jim Dobbin, MP for Heywood and Middleton. Jim's wife Pat with members of his family and friends attended.  Bishop Terence Brain, Mgr James Cronin and Fr Kevin Tierney were on the sanctuary. Last year a similar Mass was held for the late Paul Goggins MP. Canon Pat Browne, the Roman Catholic Duty Priest for Parliament was the principal celebrant.

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Fr Robert Kaggwa has died
Fr Robert Kaggwa has died

Many readers will be saddened to hear that Fr Robert Kaggwa MAf,  died suddenly yesterday. He had been taking medication for a heart condition but his death was sudden and unexpected. Fr Robert was Chaplain at Digby Stuart College as well as RC Chaplain to Roehampton University and Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies. Over the past two and half decades his work took him from Uganda, where he was originally from, to several countries across Europe - as a student, lecturer and researcher.

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