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Homily at Requiem Mass for Fr Charles Owen CP

Fr Charles Owen CP

Fr Nicholas Postlethwaite gave the following homily at the funeral of Fr Charles Owen CP on 21st April 2017. Music has always been important to Father Charles. On 20th March shortly before he died, Charles telephoned me to suggest we listen together to a Radio 3 music programme. It was one of his favourite composers: Edward Elgar’s musical setting of the poem by Cardinal N...

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Obituary: Father Charles Owen CP

Father Charles Owen CP, Passionist and priest, died peacefully in the Pilgrim Hospice in Canterbury on 8th April 2017. Born in Liverpool on 2nd February 1939 he was 78 when he died.

As a young boy he had attended Blythe Hall – a Passionist Junior Seminary near Ormskirk. In 1956 he began his novitiate in St Saviour’s Retreat Broadway, Worcestershire. After taking vows on 29th September...

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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. He was speaking a...

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Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to Martin McGuinness RIP

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said in a statement today:

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, grandchi...

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Statement by Bishop Donal McKeown on death of Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness - Wiki image

Martin McGuinness - Wiki image 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 ...

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Sister Cecilia Goodman CJ

Sister Cecilia Goodman CJ

SISTER CECILIA GOODMAN CJ 11.2.1949 - 26.2.2017

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 Ignati...

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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...

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Ampleforth: Fr Augustine Measures OSB has died

Fr Augustine Measures

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 Bene...

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

Count  Benckendorff

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...

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

Arch. Capucci - Wiki image

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...

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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. I...

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Italy: Superior General of Xaverian Missionaries has died

Fr Luigi Menegazzo

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 Missio...

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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 ...

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Pope sends condolences on death of Cardinal Arns

Cardinal Paulo Evaristo 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.

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