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Frances B. Monson, 85 (1927 - 2013)
BRADY McCOMBS, The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The wife of the Mormon church's president shied away from the spotlight, but her lifelong work behind the scenes left a lasting impression on those who knew her. Frances B. Monson, 85, died early Friday at a hospital in Salt Lake City surrounded by her family, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said. Her daughter, Ann...
Aloysius Jin Luxian, 96 (1916 - 2013)
The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, who revived the Catholic church in China's financial hub after years of Maoist persecution, has died. He was 96. Jin's death on Saturday leaves one of China's largest and wealthiest dioceses in a deeply unsettled state, underscoring continuing tensions generated by the ruling Communist Party's insistence on tightly...
Francois-Wolff Ligonde, 85 (1928 - 2013)
The Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Bishop Francois-Wolff Ligonde, who presided over the lavish wedding of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and was viewed as an ardent supporter of the regime, died on Monday, a local radio station reported. He was 85.Radio Kiskeya, citing Bishop Louis Kebreau, reported that Ligonde died following an unspecified illness. He...
David Kuo, 44 (1968 - 2013)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative Christian who helped to lead President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative but then criticized the effort has died.David Kuo was 44 when he died Friday in Charlotte, N.C. His wife, Kimberly, tells The Washington Post that he had suffered from brain cancer for the last decade.Kuo had been a policy adviser to Republican Sen. John Ashcroft...
Elder Eldred G. Smith (2013)
The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elder Eldred G. Smith, the oldest Mormon church general authority and oldest known Utahn, has died at the age of 106.Smith, who was born in Lehi, died Thursday night.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement praising him as a "valued friend" and "respected leader."During his 32 years as church patriarch, he traveled to every...
Rabbi Menachem Froman (2013)
The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi Menachem Froman, an Israeli settler known for his efforts to promote coexistence between Arabs and Jews, has died. He was 68. His son Shivi Froman...
Cardinal Jean Honoré, 92 (1920 - 2013)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressThe French Bishops' Conference has announced that Cardinal Jean Honoré, who was appointed by Benedict's predecessor John Paul II, died Thursday, hours...
The Rev. Alphonse Mascherino (2013)
The Associated PressSOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A priest who left the Roman Catholic church and founded a nondenominational chapel to honor the victims of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 has died.The...
David Hartman (1931 - 2013)
TIA GOLDENBERG, The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi David Hartman, one of the world's leading Jewish philosophers who promoted both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue, has died. He...
Bishop Emeritus John D' Arcy, 80 (1932 - 2013)
The Associated PressFORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Bishop Emeritus John D'Arcy, who oversaw the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 24 years during a time of church closings, a national sex-abuse scandal...
Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon, 75 (1937 - 2012)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Jane Holmes Dixon, who became a priest in her late 40s and later became the second female bishop in the Episcopal Church, has died. She was 75.The Diocese of...
Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, 84 (1928 - 2012)
The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic church and the longest-serving head of the Richmond diocese, died Tuesday....
Ignatius Hazim, 91 (1921 - 2012)
The Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) — The patriarch of a Damascus-based Eastern Orthodox Church, Ignatius Hazim, has died in a Beirut hospital. He was 92.Hazim was named Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of...
Patriarch Maxim, 98 (1914 - 2012)
VESELIN TOSHKOV, The Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, who weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to lead the Balkan country's Orthodox Christians for...
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, 92 (1920 - 2012)
HYUNG-JIN KIM, The Associated Press GAPYEONG, South Korea (AP) — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, best known for conducting mass weddings involving thousands of couples, was a self-proclaimed messiah,...
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, 85 (1927 - 2012)
NICOLE WINFIELD, The Associated PressVATICAN CITY (AP) — Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a rare liberal within the highly conservative Catholic Church hierarchy who was nevertheless...
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, 102 (1910 - 2012)
IAN DEITCH, The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, revered by Jews worldwide as the top rabbinic authority of this generation for his scholarship and rulings on complex...
Eugenio de Araujo Sales, 91 (1920 - 2012)
The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's former archbishop who provided shelter to thousands of people opposed to the military regimes that once ruled Brazil, Argentina and...
Mark Randall "Mack" Wolford, 44 (1968 - 2012)
The Associated PressBLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia preacher who handled snakes for years to prove faith in God has died of what witnesses say was a timber rattler's bite.Mark Randall "Mack...
Bishop Hammel Hartford Brookins, 86 (1926 - 2012)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Hamel Hartford Brookins, a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 30 years and a longtime civil rights activist, has died in Los Angeles. He was...
Bishop Agustin Roman (2012)
LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Agustin Roman, the first Cuban to be appointed bishop in the United States, has died in Miami. He was 83. The Archdiocese of Miami...
Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, 81 (1930 - 2012)
The Associated PressVATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican Radio says Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, a Syrian-born prelate and Eastern rite patriarch who headed a major Vatican office before retirement, has...
Pope Shenouda III, 88 (1923 - 2012)
AYA BATRAWY, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says Pope Shenouda III, head of Coptic Christian church, has died. He was 88.MENA says Shenouda died Saturday after battling...
Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, 95 (2012)
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — The spiritual leader of the second-largest Hasidic community in Israel, Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, has died. He was 95.Hager died Tuesday and was buried...
Hans Ludvig Martensen (2012)
The Associated PressCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Hans Ludvig Martensen, who was Denmark's Catholic bishop for thirty years, has died. He was 84.Denmark's Catholic Church says Martensen died Tuesday...
William Hamilton, 87 (2012)
JEFF BARNARD, The Associated Press Theologian William Hamilton, a member of the Death of God movement of the 1960s that reached its peak with a Time Magazine cover story, has died in Portland, Ore...
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, 88 (1923 - 2012)
MARYCLAIRE DALE, The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Church leaders called on parishioners Wednesday to pray for the soul of retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who led them for more than...
Cardinal Jozef Glemp, 82 (1929 - 2012)
MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, The Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When he was appointed the new leader of Poland's influential Roman Catholic church in July 1981, many Poles were surprised, asking:...
Jerzy Kluger, 90 (2011)
FRANCES D'EMILIO, The Associated Press ROME (AP) — Jerzy Kluger, a Polish-born Jew who was a lifetime friend and childhood playmate of the late Pope John Paul II and who lost much of his family...
Cardinal John Foley, 76 (1935 - 2011)
MATT MOORE, The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cardinal John Foley, who for 25 years was the voice for American viewers of the Vatican's Christmas Midnight Mass and who led an ancient Catholic...