Obituaries & Tributes


Joaquín Navarro-Valls has died

Medol - Wiki image - 2014

The former Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, died yesterday, 5 July 2017, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Navarro trained as a medical doctor with a specialization in psychiatry, as well as in journalism, moving to Rome in the early 1970’s, becoming a foreign correspondent and eventually being elected president of the forei...

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Brazil: Comboni missionaries killed in road accident

Sr Luisa and Sr Giuseppina

Two Combonian missionaries, were killed in a road accident in Brazil on Saturday, 24 June - Sister Luisa Manuel, 47, from Mozambique and Sister Giuseppina Lupo, 37, from Italy. The fatal accident happened around noon as the sisters were driving along the trans-Amazon road returning from a visit to some families.

According to a statement from the General Council of the Comboni Missionaries...

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Scotland: Young priest dies unexpectedly

The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh regrets to announce the death of Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira CMI, Administrator of St John’s parish in Corstorphine, Edinburgh. The 33-year old Indian-born priest had been missing since Tuesday. His body was found yesterday evening, Friday 23 June, on a beach at Dunbar, East Lothian. The cause of death is, as yet, unknown.

“The news of Fat...

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Scotland: Funeral Mass for Eilidh MacLeod

Our Lady Queen of the Sea statue, Barra

The funeral Mass for Eilidh MacLeod, killed in the terror attack in Manchester, took place on Monday 5 June 2017, in the church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Castlebay on the Isle of Barra. Parish Priest, Fr John Paul MacKinnon celebrate the Mass which was also be relayed to mourners in nearby Castlebay Hall.

In his introduction, Fr MacKinnon said: “My dear brothers and sisters- today ...

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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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