Obituaries & Tributes

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

Scotland: Bishop Joseph Devine has died

Bishop Joseph Devine

Tributes have been paid to Bishop Joseph Devine, former Bishop of Motherwell, who died on Thursday 23 May at Wishaw general Hospital, aged 82.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said: "On behalf of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland I would like to offer Bishop Devine's family our deepest and most prayerful sympathies. During his active years as a bisho...

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Watch: Funeral of Jean Vanier

The Requiem Mass of Jean Vanier took place this afternoon. A note on the L'Arche International website reads:

"Jean Vanier wanted a simple funeral, celebrated in the privacy of his community of Trosly-Breuil.

Respect for his wishes and complex logistical issues prevent us from welcoming all those who would like to attend the ceremony. To ensure that, as many people as possible, in...

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Nigeria: Missionary Sister Dr Leonie McSweeney has died

edical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) in Ireland and in Nigeria are mourning the passing of their colleague, Sr Dr Leonie McSweeney, after a short illness. S. Leonie was born in Waterford and educated in Dublin. She joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1951 after working as a secretary. She qualified as a medical doctor in UCD in 1959, and a year later was assigned to Nigeria where she spent ...

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Jean Vanier has died

Jean Vanier in 1915

Jean Vanier died this morning. L'Arche announced on their website:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jean Vanier, our founder. Jean died on the 7 May in the Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier in Paris.

"Jean has left an extraordinary legacy," said L'Arche International Leader Stephan Posner. "His Community of Trosly, the Communities of L'Arche, Faith and ...

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Archbishop's address at funeral of Celtic football legend

Billy McNeill - Wiki image 1982 -  Dutch National Archive

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia delivered the following Homily today, at the Funeral Mass of Scottish football legend, Billy McNeil, at St Aloysius' church, Garnethill, Glasgow,

1. My dear brothers and sisters, we gather here at St Aloysius' Church in Garnethill, Glasgow, to offer this Funeral Mass in thanksgiving to God for the life of Billy McNeill and for the happy repose of...

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Birmingham: Sister of Mercy struck down by car

Sister Ita Keane, 74, a Sister of Mercy from St Mary's Convent in Hunters Hill, Handsworth, died hours after being hit by a black BMW on Friday afternoon as she crossed a road.

St Mary's Kinnoull Monastery and Retreat centre, in Perth posted on their Facebook page: "Please pray for the repose of Sr Ita Keane, a Sister of Mercy who died tragically in a car accident. Ita was a participant o...

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Belfast: Address at funeral of Lyra McKee


Father Martin Magill, parish priest at St John's Catholic Church, Belfast, received a standing ovation after giving this address at the funeral of murdered young journalist Lyra McKee, in St Anne's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Belfast.

He said: "I commend our political leaders for standing together in Creggan on Good Friday. I am however left with a question: 'Why in God's name does it ta...

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Tributes to Tony Pearce

Van Gogh Sunflowers

The Requiem Mass of Tony Pearce took place at Worth Abbey on Wednesday. Tony was a volunteer for CAFOD for more than 25 years.

His cousin, Patricia Mullin wrote the following eulogy which was read by Deborah Woodman:

Tony was born in 1933 in Rochford, Essex. At the outbreak of war his mother Eileen, with three children all under the age of 7, set off and we...

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Pax Christi mourns death of Fr Neles Tebay

Fr Neles Tebay in Manila, Philippines, Dec. 2017 for Pax Christi-Asia Pacific consultation.

Pax Christi International write: It is with great sadness that Pax Christi International shares the news of the death of Fr Neles Tebay, a member of our International Board and the coordinator of the Papua Peace Network. Fr Neles, who suffered from bone cancer, had been in intensive care for the last few weeks at St Carolus Hospital in Central Jakarta. He died on Sunday, 14 April. He w...

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Ampleforth: Fr Cyprian Smith has died

Fr Cyprian Smith OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died in York Hospital on 8 April 2019, at the age of 81.

He was born in Barrow in Furness in 1937 and educated at Barrow Grammar School. He studied French Literature and Music at Manchester University and then worked as an Assistant Lecturer at Queen's University, Belfast, and then Hull University. From 1968 - 1972 he lived in Br...

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Trócaire pays tribute to Sally O'Neill

Sally O'Neill

Trócaire has expressed its profound shock and devastation at the news that Sally O'Neill, who worked for the organisation for 37 years, has died following a road accident in Guatemala.

Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra said:

"We are heartbroken by this news. Sally was the heartbeat of Trócaire for almost 40 years. She was a truly remarkable person. Trócaire was ...

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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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