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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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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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