Obituaries & Tributes

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


Death in Australia of Eco-Theologian Denis Edwards

Sydney-based Columban priest Rev Dr Charles Rue pays tribute to Fr Denis Edwards, who died on 5 March. Fr Edwards was an eco- theologian, known internationally for his work on the Theology of Creation.

A priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Australia, Fr Denis Edwards died on 5 March after suffering a stroke. Denis spent much of his priestly life researching and writing, lecturing and...

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More tributes after New Zealand terror attacks

Since the attack on worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, took place place on Friday, we have received many tributes, prayers and messages of condolence and solidarity.

The Archbishop of Cardiff, Rt Rev George Stack writes:

Having recently spent some days with Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington New Zealand, at a meeting of ICEL in ...

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Cardinal Nichols prays for victims of New Zealand mosque terror attacks

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has expressed his concern and sent condolences to the victims of today's mosque bombings in New Zealand and the entire community there.

Cardinal Nichols said: "The news of the massacre in the New Zealand mosques is deeply shocking and has caused us all great pain. We pray for the many victims, for the wounded and for the whole community,...

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Pope Francis sends condolences for victims of New Zealand mosque attacks

Pope Francis today expressed his solidarity with all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, in the wake of the shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The full text of the telegram sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, on behalf of Pope Francis follows:

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury an...

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New Zealand: Catholic Bishops sends message of solidarity to Muslim community after terror attacks

More than 40 people have been killed and 20 seriously injured in co-ordinated terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Innocent worshippers were shot at point blank range in during Friday prayers a few hours ago.

The following Message of solidarity with the Muslim community has been sent to the Muslim Community by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.

Dear ...

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Four Catholic aid workers among victims of Ethiopian air crash

Among the 157 people from 35 countries, who lost their lives in yesterday's tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash, were four employees of Catholic Relief Services: Sara Chalachew, Getnet Alemayehu, Sintayehu Aymeku, and Mulusew Alemu. The four were on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state wrote: "Having learned with sadness of th...

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WCC mourns lost staff member in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Rev Norman Tendis - photo: WCC/Marcelo Schneider

After 157 people perished when an Ethiopian Airlines crashed on 10 March soon after taking off near Addis Ababa, the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed deep sympathy and extended prayers for those who lost loved ones.

The plane was on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, where the UN Environment Assembly began Monday. Environmental advocates and UN staff members were among those who died, in...

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Ampleforth: Fr Antony Hain has died

Fr Antony Hain OSB

Fr Antony Hain OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary on at Ampleforth on 12 February 2019, at the age of 66.

He was born in Ruislip in August 1952 and was educated in local schools before going to St David's University College, Lampeter. He worked as a library assistant in the London Borough of Harrow and then an assistant teacher in Twicken...

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Fr Thomas Cullinan's Requiem Eucharist

Fr Tom Cullinan was given a great send off at his Requiem Mass yesterday at St Helen's in Crosby. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool was the main celebrant. The church was packed with parishioners, for whom he celebrated a weekly Mass, and with family and friends from the many circles he engaged with throughout his life. Particularly prominent were Benedictines from Ampleforth, Liverpool c...

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Fr Tom Cullinan RIP

Fr Tom  Cullinan

For forty years Tom lived a life of prayer and meditation at Ince Benet, the house designed by his brother and built by Tom and friends from recycled materials in the old walled garden of Ince Blundell Hall, just north of Liverpool. Although his vision of a monastic community on the edge of the city was never fully realised, Ince Benet was always a place where Eucharist opened a gateway into et...

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Fr Daniel O'Leary RIP + update on Irish funeral details

Tributes have been pouring in to Fr Daniel O'Leary who died on Monday, 21 January. He is survived by his brother Michael and sister Maureen. In a note, the Association of Catholic Priests, in Ireland, said Fr Daniel had been ill since June last year. "He has approached his journey with cancer with deep faith and immense courage" they wrote. "The end came more suddenly than expected, leaving us ...

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Living Beyond Conformity: Eulogy for Fr Owen Hardwicke

Fr Owen Hardwicke

Fr Rob Esdaile gave the following eulogy at Wrexham Cathedral on Thursday, 24 January 2019, at the Requiem Mass for Fr Owen Hardwicke. I am very aware that there are many people in this room far better qualified than I to speak about Owen, but I hope that I can voice for you something of the qualities people found in our friend and something of the task which he would have ...

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Fr Thomas Cullinan RIP - funeral arrangements

The Archdiocese of Liverpool has posted the following notice: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Tom Cullinan, who has died aged 83, was known above all in the archdiocese of Liverpool for the establishment of monastic life at Ince Benet, in woodland surrounding Ince Blundell, where he maintained the rhythm of prayer, work and study, support...

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CAFOD pays tribute to Fr Owen Hardwicke

CAFOD staff and volunteers have paid their respects to retired Wrexham priest and great advocate for peace, Fr Owen Hardwicke, following his death on 7 January.

Fr Owen's commitment to peace - he grew up as a Quaker - led to him being instrumental in the founding of the Wrexham Peace and Justice Centre over 25 years ago. He invited any religious organisations who were interested in justic...

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