Obituaries & Tributes

Obituaries and tributes of people who are Catholic or who have a strong connection with the Catholic Church.

Professor Nicholas Lash has died

Nicholas Lash

Fisher House has just issued the following statement:

With deep sadness we announce the death early this morning of Professor Nicholas Lash, who had been struggling with illness for some time. From an army background, he became in 1978 the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at Cambridge - the first Catholic to serve in such a post since the Reformation.

Brilliant and imagi...

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Cardinal's Homily at Funeral Mass of Canon Christopher Tuckwell

Canon Christopher Tuckwell

Given .at Westminster Cathedral on 7th July 2020.

The Scripture readings we have just heard, and the witness of the life of Canon Christopher Tuckwell, for whom we pray, invite us today to a renewal of our faith in Jesus. This faith underpinned Christopher's life and ministry, giving him the stability and compassion of which we heard in the lovely obituary, at the beginning of Ma...

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Pakistan: Muslim and Christian leaders praise Franciscan peacemaker

Fr Francis with peace pilgrimage Feb 2019

Muslim leaders in Pakistan have described Fr Francis Nadeem OFM, Provincial of the Capuchins in Pakistan and Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, who died in Lahore on 3 July, as an 'Ambassador of Peace.'

Mufti Syed Ashiq Hussain, Muslim scholar and a friend of Fr Francis said: "Friar Francis Nadeem was the backbone of the mission of in...

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Cardinal pays tribute to Ennio Morricone - a man of faith

Jeremy Irons as Father Gabriel in  The Mission   image: Goldcrest Films

The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, has paid tribute to the legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who died today in Rome at the age of 91 after a fall ten days ago.

Born in Rome, on 10 November 1928, Ennio Morricone was the son of Libera Ridolfi and trumpeter Mario Morricone, and had four siblings. He began playing and writing music from ...

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Middlesbrough: Father Bill East RIP

Tributes have been paid to the former long-serving parish priest of St Joseph's in Pickering Father Bill East, who died on Wednesday July 1 after a long illness.

Fr Bill, who was 72, spent 11 years at St Luke's Parish Church in Pallion, Sunderland, from 1983 to 1994 before being received into the Catholic Church along with his wife, Betty.

He was ordained at Our Lady's in Acomb, Yo...

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Benedict XVI's older brother Georg has died

Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of the Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, died this morning, aged 96. He had been hospitalized in Regensburg, the city where he lived for most of his life. The two brothers Joseph and George Ratzinger, who were ordained on the same day, were always close. Two weeks ago, the emeritus pope flew to Regensburg to visit his ailing brother.

Born in Pleiskirchen, Ba...

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Remembering Annie O'Connor

Annie with children at the Kenya orphanage

Anne O'Connor writes from Manchester: Our beloved elder daughter Annie died on 12 June very suddenly of natural causes. We will lay her to rest on Wednesday 1 July at 12 noon.

At first, as well as the initial shock and disbelief, we were sad to think we could only have a graveside service limited to ten people. Then it struck us that Annie would have been ok with that...

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Canon Christopher Tuckwell RIP

Canon Christopher Tuckwell

Mgr Martin Hayes, Vicar General, Diocese of Westminster writes with the sad news of the death earlier this evening, 26 June, of Canon Christopher Howard Joseph Tuckwell. Canon Christopher died peacefully at the Royal Trinity Hospice, Clapham where he received end of life care in recent days. The visit yesterday of Cardinal Vincent surely gave Christopher much consolation as he prepar...

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Bishop Dermot Farrell pays tribute to Mgr James Cassin

Bishop Farrell gave this tribute to Mgr James Cassin at his funeral Mass on Tuesday.

The news of the death of Monsignor Jim Cassin was greeted with great sadness by his family, many friends and colleagues in the Diocese of Ossory and far beyond. Since his Ordination in 1972, Jim has been a faithful servant of our diocese and, thanks to his national roles, the Church in Ireland. ...

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Remember Me - Online Book of Condolence for those who have died from Covid -19

Part of a page from Remember Me

People of all faiths, beliefs or none are invited to contribute to Remember Me - an online Book of Condolence hosted by St Paul's Cathedral.

Since it was launched on 22 May, the names and pictures of nearly 5,000 people, accompanied by short tributes, have already been uploaded to the site and more are arriving each hour.

HRH The Prince of Wales recorded a video message in support o...

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Ireland: Bishop Francis Lagan has died

Bishop Francis Lagan

The Diocese of Derry today announced the death of Bishop Francis Lagan, who had served as Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of Derry (1988-2010), saying: "He had served as a gentle pastor for almost 60 years. We offer condolences to his extended family and close friends. May he rest in peace."

Archbishop Eamon Martin, President of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference and Primate of All ...

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Father Adolfo Nicolás, former Jesuit Superior General has died

Father Adolfo Nicolás SJ

Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, former Superior General of the Jesuits died on Tuesday in Tokyo.

The current Superior General, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ writes: Father Nicolás, affectionately called "Adolfo" by many of us and "Nico" by the Jesuits of Asia Pacific, was born in Palencia (Spain) on 29 April 1936. He entered the Society on 14 September 1953 and was ordained a priest on 17 Marc...

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Liverpool: Bishop Vincent Malone dies of Covid-19

Bishop Vincent Malone

The Archdiocese of Liverpool has announced the death of the Right Reverend Vincent Malone, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Liverpool and Titular Bishop of Abora. Bishop Malone died this morning, Monday 18 May, at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. He was admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.

Upon hearing the news, Cardinal Vincent Nichols remembered with the "endless...

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Italy: Much-loved Tanzanian Sister has died of Covid-19

Residents of Assisi and Rieti, in Italy, have taken to Facebook to express their sadness and gratitude for a Tanzanian religious sister, Anastasia Cristian Malisa who died of Covid-19 over the weekend. She was 60 years old. "Today, at 16.30, our Sister Anastasia, returned to Jesus, her spouse and only source of joy, after a terrible month of suffering from the coronavirus," wrote on...

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