Obituaries & Tributes


Sisters' tribute to Rev Patrick Cope, Chaplain to Tyburn Convent

Reverend Patrick Cope, The Head Chaplain of all Her Majesty's Prison Chaplains in the UK. He also ministered as Chaplain to Tyburn Convent, London, from 9th February 2014 until Saturday, 21st October, 2017, the day of his Passover to eternal life, after suffering a severe illness. He breathed his last peacefully in his own bed in the Chaplain's flat at No. 9 Hyde Park Place, after having receiv...

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Homily at Requiem Mass for Fr Pat Cope at St George's Cathedral, Southwark

Fr Patrick Cope

The Requiem Mass for Fr Peter Cope took place yesterday at St George's Cathedral Southwark. Archbishop Peter Smith was principal celebrant. Also concelebrating was Bishop Richard Moth, the Bishop for Prisons. The Tyburn Community of nuns, priests and deacons representing Fr Pat's time in London and in his native north, along with many from the Prison Service including a variety of ecumenical gu...

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Tributes to Father Patrick Cope

Tributes have been pouring in to Father Patrick Cope, who died on Saturday, 21 October. He was just 58 and had been suffering from cancer since August.

Born in Hull, Fr Pat trained for the priesthood at Ushaw. He was ordained a priest in 1982 in the Diocese of Middlesbrough and served first as an assistant parish priest in York and Thornaby-on-Tees. He later served as the Diocesan Youth O...

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Ampleforth: Fr Theodore Young has died

Fr Theo in 1994

Fr Theodore Young OSB, at 95 years of age the oldest monk at Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth yesterday, 30 October 2017.

He was born in Cheshire in November 1921, educated at Ampleforth, and joined the monastic community in September 1940. Fr Theo, as he was known, was ordained priest in 1947 and worked as clerk to the Headmaster of Ampleforth Co...

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Father Patrick Cope RIP - Funeral rites (updated)

Fr Pat in 2010 with Bishop Terry Drainey

Sad news. Fr Patrick Cope died at 6.02am on Saturday, 21 October. He was 58 and had been suffering from cancer. Fr Pat was a senior prison chaplain and chaplain to the Tyburn nuns. We will be publishing a full obituary soon.

There will be three parts to the Funeral rites for Fr Pat: an opportunity to pray around the body at Tyburn, Requiem Mass in London and Requiem Mass in Hull - in his ...

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India: Eyewitness report of funeral of Brother James Kimpton FSC

On 10 October 2017 we published a report on the death of Brother James Kimpton FSC, at the age 92, at Reaching the Unreached, the organisation he founded in the small village of Kallupatti in India. For more than 65 years, he made a great difference to the lives and wellbeing of countless destitute children and families in the rural villages of southern India and Sri Lanka where he gave a lifet...

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Pope sends condolences to family of murdered Maltese journalist

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Pope Francis has expressed his condolence for the killing of a Maltese journalist, who was investigating corruption among leading politicians in the tiny Mediterranean island nation.

"Saddened by the tragic death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, His Holiness Pope Francis offers prayers for her eternal rest, and asks you kindly to convey his condolences to her family," Vatican Secretary of State...

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India: More than 100,000 mourn Brother James Kimpton FSC

Br James Kimpton FSC,

Brother James Kimpton FSC, died last Thursday at the age 92, at Reaching the Unreached, the organisation he founded in the small village of Kallupatti in India. For more than 65 years, he has made a difference to the lives and wellbeing of countless destitute children and families in the rural villages of southern India and Sri Lanka in which he has given a lifetime of service to the very poor...

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin pays tribute to former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrove

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland, paid tribute to former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave, who died on 4 October.

As with many people across the country, I was saddened last evening to hear of the death of the former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave.

Following in the political footsteps of his beloved father, Liam Cosgrave was admired by people the length and breadth of ...

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Requiem Mass for Cardinal Cormac at Arundel Cathedral

Mgr John Hull

On Sunday, 1st October, Bishop Richard Moth of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton celebrated a Requiem Mass at Arundel Cathedral for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor who died on 1st September 2017 and was buried in Westminster Cathedral on 13th September 2017.

Cardinal Cormac was Bishop of Arundel & Brighton from 1977-2000 and left an incredible legacy in the Diocese before his mov...

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More than 1,200 attend funeral of Cardinal Cormac

The funeral of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster, took place at at Westminster Cathedral today. Cardinal Vincent Nichols was chief celebrant. Archbishop George Stack gave the homily.

More than 1,200 people attended, among them the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the former Bishop of London, Richard...

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Funeral homily: 'Cardinal Cormac was a priest to his fingertips'

Cardinal Cormac's coffin

The Most Revd George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, preached the homily at the Funeral Mass of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in Westminster Cathedral today.

One of Cardinal Cormac's auxiliary bishops serving the diocese of Westminster in the early 2000s, Archbishop Stack praised the late Cardinal and the ease with which he lived his vocational calling:

"He was comfortable in his ow...

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John Ruming: RIP

John Ruming

With sadness, we report the recent death of John Ruming at the age of 86. Having taken early retirement from a career in marketing in 1988, John was appointed at the first part-time paid worker for the National Liaison Committee (NJPN’s previous name). Almost his first action was to take six months’ unpaid leave to attend a course on Ignatian Spirituality at St Bueno’s in Flintshire. This...

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Ecumenical by necessity - remembering Reverend Seymour Dallas

Imagine a single diocese larger than England. Or traveling three days on a horse and then eight hours on a train to reach a synod meeting. Imagine officiating at a church service attended by 45 people who hailed from 13 different varieties of Christianity, none of whom belong to your church.

This month marks 100 years since the Reverend Seymour Dallas was killed in Flanders. This otherwis...

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