Obituaries & Tributes


Tribute: Margaret Barbara Knox

Margaret with friend Rosa in Fiji

Margaret Knox was a writer who lived in diverse parts of the world and threw herself into both research and local life. Her versatility and intellectual curiosity are evident from her writings, which range from Voyage of Faith: The Story of the Catholic Church in Fiji: The First Century (Archdiocese of Suva, 1997) to an account of the cheese known as 'Suffolk Bang or Thump' - 'said to be "so ha...

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Death of Fr Francis Davidson, monk of Ampleforth

Fr Francis Davidson OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth on 9 April 2018, at the age of 79.

He was born in Edinburgh in February 1939 and educated at Fort Augustus Abbey School. He joined the monastic community there in September 1956 and was sent to study Philosophy at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and then Theolog...

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Cardinal Nichols preaches at funeral of Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

His Eminence Archbishop Vincent Cardinal Nichols of Westminster used his homily during the Requiem Mass for the Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien RIP (1938-2018) yesterday, to urge those present to pray for the repose of his soul and also for those he offended during his life. "In recent days, the life of Cardinal Keith has been laid bare," said Cardinal Nichols, "We all know its lights...

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Canon Digby John Samuels RIP

Very soon after the sad news of the death, on March 17, of Canon Digby Samuels was sent to the priests and parishes across the Diocese a response was received from a priest: 'The Diocese has lost a saint'. Canon Digby will be remembered with gratitude by many priests, religious and lay people for helping them to grow in holiness, in sanctity. To be holy is to be close to God, the source of holi...

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Ten Ten Theatre director pays tribute to Canon Digby Samuels

Ten Ten Theatre Martin O'Brien writes in his First Monday email: With a heavy heart, I'm sorry to share the news that Fr Digby Samuels sadly passed away on 17th March. He was a great personal friend and long-time supporter of Ten Ten... Although his involvement in Ten Ten was a tiny fraction of his life, to us the impact of his support was immense and so I'd like to share a little bit...

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Scotland: Funeral arrangements for Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal O'Brien

The Requiem Mass of Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien RIP will take place at the Church of St Michael, Westmoreland Road, Newcastle on Thursday 5 April at 1pm. As requested by the Holy See, the main celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. Donations to SCIAF's Lenten campaign in lieu of flowers please.

The internment of the body of the ...

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Archbishop Emeritus Keith Cardinal O'Brien has died

The Scottish Catholic Media Office said in a statement this morning: At 1am today, 19 March 2018, His Eminence Keith Patrick Cardinal O'Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of St Andrews & Edinburgh, died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne surrounded by family and friends and fortified by the rites of Holy Church. RIP. He was 80 years old.

Commenting upon the news, A...

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Tributes to Stephen Hawking

Pope Francis meets Hawking - screenshot

The world-renowned scientist and author Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday, at his home in Cambridge, where he had spent his career studying the mysteries of the universe.

Hawking was diagnosed at 21 with motor neurone disease and given two years to live, but he did not let his increasing disability stop his work. Despite ending up totally immobile, confined to a wheelchair and speaking th...

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Jim Smith RIP

Jim and Anne with Cardinal Hume 1994

The extraordinary Jim Smith, who taught English and Latin at the former Jesuit-run Campion House College in Osterley, west London, has died. There are many priests and laymen around the country and overseas who were inspired and nurtured by Jim, and who will never forget his unique character.

Jim's funeral will be held at 11 am on Wednesday March 21 at St Vincent's Church, Osterley.

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Lord Alton remembers Ken Dodd

Wiki Image: David A Ellis

I first met Ken Dodd - whose death has been announced - when he came around a corner in a shopping street in Liverpool, brandishing his tickling stick, and in the company of Margaret Thatcher. It was the 1979 Edge Hill by election and he was trying to drum up votes for my Conservative opponent David Alton writes in his blog.

I never held it against him and over the years enjoyed ...

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Church leaders mourn Cardinal Karl Lehmann

Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Bishop Emeritus of Mainz, Germany, died on Sunday, March 11, 2018, after suffering a stroke. He was 81. Cardinal Lehmann was a leading Catholic academic and greatly committed to Christian unity. Born on May 16, 1936, at Sigmaringen, he studied Philosophy and Theology for many years in Rome, notably at the Gregorian University, where he wrote a thesis on the tho...

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Remembering Berta Cáceres on second anniversary of her killing

In this article Scott Wright, the Director of the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach in Washington, and member of Pax Christi USA, commemorates the second anniversary of the murder of his friend and environmental activist from Honduras, Berta Cáceres. We live in a world radiant with beauty and one that is also crying out for redemption. The entire Creation is filled ...

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Church leaders pay tribute to Rev Billy Graham

Image: Library of Congress

Church leaders have begun paying tribute to the American evangelist Rev Billy Graham, who died on Wednesday, aged 99, at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

In a career spanning more than 60 years, he preached to tens of millions of people either in person or via TV and satellite links. Graham was a spiritual adviser to American presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. He insisted...

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Pakistan: Brave human rights campaigner Asma Jehangir has died

When I was told of the death of Asma Jehangir I thought that she may have been assassinated. On February 11th she collapsed while on a telephone call and died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage. She has left behind her husband, two daughters and a son.

Born in 1952 into a Muslim family and raised in Lahore, Asma attended the Convent School of Jesus and Mary. Later she received her bachelors'...

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