Obituaries & Tributes

This category contains obituaries and tributes, most of these are of people who are Catholic or who have a strong connection with the Catholic Church.


Remembering Vin Garbutt - Teeside Troubadour

Vin Garbutt

David Alton writes: It's just over a year since Vin Garbutt died. If anything, since his death, his brilliant protest songs, never to be heard on mainstream media, have acquired a new generation of followers.

His passionate belief in justice, including the right to life of "lost innocents" is reflected in the powerful lyrics of prophetic songs that run counter to a society that e...

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CAFOD mourns death of Salvadoran artist Fernando Llort, designer of Romero Cross

The award winning Salvadoran painter, Fernando Llort, has died, aged 69.

Llort's famous Romero Crosses - inspired by Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated for speaking out during El Salvador's bloody civil war - have been displayed in Cathedrals, homes and parishes around the world.

Clare Dixon, CAFOD's Head of Latin America region, said: "It is with a heavy heart that we've...

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Obituary: Father Bryan Sydney Storey

Father Bryan Sydney Storey was born on 8th May 1933 in London. He was the oldest son of Dorothy and Sydney Storey. He also has a younger brother Keith, who died a few years ago. He was evacuated to Cornwall with his schoolmates in 1940. He and his brother Keith stayed with Rita Deacon (Auntie Rita) and her son Roger, who lived in Bossiney Road,Tintagel. He attended St Materiana Anglican Church ...

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Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has died

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, died yesterday Hartford, United States, where he was undergoing treatment for Parkinson's disease. He was 74 years old.

In a condolence message to the Cardinal's sister Geneviève Dubert, Pope Francis recalled the fidelity and love of the late cardinal in the service of the Universal Church. "Ca...

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Tribute to Fr Kevin Scanlon

Antonia Moffatt writes: It is with great sadness that I share the news of the sudden death of dear Fr Kevin Scallon. Although I was totally unprepared, at the great age of 80 years, it seems it was Fr Kevin's time to go home to his beloved Lord and Saviour and to meet Our Blessed Mother, St Joseph & St Patrick who he has served so faithfully all his life and especially during his p...

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Remembering Robert F Kennedy + video

June 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US Senator Robert F Kennedy at the age of 43 in Los Angeles, California. His death in 1968 came five years after the assassination of his brother, President John F Kennedy, and only two months after that of Martin Luther King Jr.

Pope Paul VI recalled Bobby Kennedy at the Angelus address just three days after his death. "We would...

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Death of former Abbot of Ampleforth, Timothy Wright

Abbot Timothy Wright

Dom Timothy Wright, former Abbot of Ampleforth Abbey, has died at the age of 76. He had been living at Ealing Abbey in London, while receiving medical treatment for cancer.

Martin Wright (Timothy was his monastic name) was born in New Ollerton in Nottinghamshire and, along with his three brothers, was educated at Ampleforth. Three of them - Stephen, Timothy and Ralph - joined the monastic...

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Central African Republic: Tributes to murdered priest

Fr Albert

Parishioners and colleagues paid tribute to Fr Albert Tungumale Baba, who was killed, together with about 20 faithful on 1 May when gunmen from Km5 attacked the church of Notre Dame de Fatima in Bangui, Central African Republic.

"Fr Albert, 71 years old and among the oldest priests of the clergy of Bangui, was a pastor esteemed and known for his simplicity and sympathy, and above all for ...

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Tribute: Margaret Barbara Knox

Margaret with friend Rosa in Fiji

Margaret Knox was a writer who lived in diverse parts of the world and threw herself into both research and local life. Her versatility and intellectual curiosity are evident from her writings, which range from Voyage of Faith: The Story of the Catholic Church in Fiji: The First Century (Archdiocese of Suva, 1997) to an account of the cheese known as 'Suffolk Bang or Thump' - 'said to be "so ha...

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Death of Fr Francis Davidson, monk of Ampleforth

Fr Francis Davidson OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth on 9 April 2018, at the age of 79.

He was born in Edinburgh in February 1939 and educated at Fort Augustus Abbey School. He joined the monastic community there in September 1956 and was sent to study Philosophy at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and then Theolog...

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Cardinal Nichols preaches at funeral of Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

His Eminence Archbishop Vincent Cardinal Nichols of Westminster used his homily during the Requiem Mass for the Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien RIP (1938-2018) yesterday, to urge those present to pray for the repose of his soul and also for those he offended during his life. "In recent days, the life of Cardinal Keith has been laid bare," said Cardinal Nichols, "We all know its lights...

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Canon Digby John Samuels RIP

Very soon after the sad news of the death, on March 17, of Canon Digby Samuels was sent to the priests and parishes across the Diocese a response was received from a priest: 'The Diocese has lost a saint'. Canon Digby will be remembered with gratitude by many priests, religious and lay people for helping them to grow in holiness, in sanctity. To be holy is to be close to God, the source of holi...

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Ten Ten Theatre director pays tribute to Canon Digby Samuels

Ten Ten Theatre Martin O'Brien writes in his First Monday email: With a heavy heart, I'm sorry to share the news that Fr Digby Samuels sadly passed away on 17th March. He was a great personal friend and long-time supporter of Ten Ten... Although his involvement in Ten Ten was a tiny fraction of his life, to us the impact of his support was immense and so I'd like to share a little bit...

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Scotland: Funeral arrangements for Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal O'Brien

The Requiem Mass of Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien RIP will take place at the Church of St Michael, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Thursday 5 April at 1pm. As requested by the Holy See, the main celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. Donations to SCIAF's Lenten campaign in lieu of flowers please.

The internment of the body of the ...

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