Obituaries & Tributes

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


Pope sends condolences on death of Cardinal Marian Jaworski

Cardinal Marian Jaworski

Pope Francis has expressed his condolences on the death of Cardinal Marian Jaworski, the Archbishop emeritus of Lviv of the Latins. In a telegram addressed to the Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jądraszewski, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the Lord "for the life and apostolic witness of this faithful witness to the Gospel."

The Holy Father took note of Cardinal Jaworski's episcopal ...

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Middlesbrough: Funeral of Mgr Ray Charlton

Monsignor Ray Charlton

The funeral of Monsignor Ray Charlton, who played a major role in running the Diocese of Middlesbrough for more than 25 years, will take place in Stokesley this week. The oldest priest in the diocese, Mgr Ray died peacefully at James Cook University Hospital on August 18 after a short illness. He was 95.

Known all his life as either Ray or JR, John Raymond Charlton was born in Hull on Jul...

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Maureen Matthews: A Tribute

It is with great sadness that I write of my memories of Maureen Matthews, who passed away last weekend. As the Chair of the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN), I worked with her for many years.

The words that I wrote on her retirement as NJPN Administer in December 2007 provide a brief picture of her years of commitment to the Network, and still serve as a reminder of all her effor...

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Funeral of peacemaker John Hume - exclusive report

Mourners huddled in the rain - image: Mary  Carson

It felt wrong, unnatural at first.

The weather was wrong, the quiet was wrong, the masks were wrong.

Mostly the emptiness of the streets was wrong.

Here we were, not far from the former home of the late John Hume at the funeral of one of the world's most ambitious peacemakers, a man of the same stature as Martin Luther King and John Lewis, a leader who had made growing up in p...

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Homily preached by Fr Paul Farren at funeral of John Hume

Mural on Bogside, John Hume with fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela,  Mother Teresa - Wiki image

There are many tragedies at this time in our world and there are many awful things that we have to accept as normal. One of the greatest tragedies and most awful reality is that we have to be physically distant from people. It is not the way we are called to be - keeping people at a distance. I know that it is necessary at the moment and that makes it so much more painful.

It wasn't t...

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Tributes to John Hume

image - Mary Carson

At the beginning of the Requiem Mass for John Hume today, tributes were read from Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama and Bono. Many hundreds of people have signed the condolence book for John Hume. Many more are signing the online book - see link below.

Message from Pope Francis

A Message from the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on behalf o...

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Family of John Hume ask people to support a `Celebration of Light for Peace`

Father Paul Farren, Administrator of the Cathedral of Saint Eugene in Derry, yesterday met with the Hume family in preparation for Wednesday`s Funeral Mass for John Hume RIP.

Father Farren said: "Pat and her family are very grateful for the outpouring of love and support following the death of their beloved John.

"The family are anxious that a public gathering for John`s funeral mig...

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Archbishop Martin pays tribute to John Hume: 'A paragon of peace'

John Hume

Archbishop Eamon Martin writes:

A great sadness has descended on my home city of Derry today as we learn of the death of one of our greatest sons, Mr John Hume. That sadness ripples out to every corner of Ireland and all around the world where the mere mention of the name of John Hume evokes admiration, respect and thanksgiving for a life dedicated to peace and social justice. T...

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Bolivia: Bishop dies of Covid - 'A life dedicated to evangelisation'

Bishop Eugenio Scarpellini - Image iglesia viva

The funeral Mass of Mgr Eugenio Scarpellini, Bishop of El Alto, who died on 15 July, aged 66, from Covid-19, took place on Monday, 20 July in the Cathedral of the diocese of El Alto, dedicated to the Virgin of Carmel.

A missionary in Bolivia since 1988, he was national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, and coordinator of the PMS of the American continent.

The Eucharist ...

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Brazil: Bishop dies of Covid-19

Brazilian Bishop Henrique Soares da Costa, Bishop of Palmares, in the state of Pernambuco, died of Covid-19 on Saturday. He was 57 years old. Bishop Henrique went into hospital on 4 July. He was treated in the intensive care unit of San José Hospital in Recife, but his condition deteriorated in the last few days, until his death on July 18th. Mgr Soares da Costa was appointed Aux...

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Pope Francis sends condolences for death of Cardinal Grocholewski

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski

Pope Francis has expressed his sorrow and offered his condolences, following the death, on Friday morning, of Polish Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski at the age of 80.

Pope Francis addressed his message of condolence to the Cardinal's brother, Władisław Grocholewski, expressing his closeness to the family and to all who esteemed the late Cardinal in this time of mourning.

"I remember ...

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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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