Veteran Catholic journalist dies

 The distinguished writer and broadcaster, Daniel Counihan, FRGS, has died in Hastings on Sunday after a short illness. He was 84 years old. Mr Counihan was born in London. During the Second World War he worked at the Ministry of Information. In 1947 he joined the BBC News Service. By 1959 he had become assistant diplomatic correspondent. Over the next 18 years his assignments were to take him around the world, covering stories in Cuba, Vietnam, the Congo and Moscow. One year he toured the USA with President Eisenhower. In 1976 he became editor of the Catholic Herald, a post he held for a year before his retirement. Daniel Counihan is survived by his wife Joan, who he married in 1939, they had five sons and three daughters, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. A prodigious book collector, Mr Counihan wrote several himself, including 'Royal Progress' about the Royal Family, written during the Jubilee Year in 1977, and best-selling children's book: Unicorn Magic. A son-in-law, Nicholas Szczepanek, said: "He was a man of great learning, much respected by his many friends and colleagues, and much loved as a husband and father. We will all miss him very much." His funeral is to take place at the church of St John the Evangelist in Brighton. At the time of going to press the date has not been confirmed.

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