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Paul Crouch, 79 (1934 - 2013)
The Associated PressCOSTA MESA, California (AP) — Paul Crouch, the televangelist who built what's been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, has died. He was 79.Crouch died at his home in California, on Saturday after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease, his grandson Brandon Crouch told The Associated Press."He was an incredible businessman, entrepreneur,...
Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, 100 (1913 - 2013)
THANYARAT DOKSONE, The Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Patriarch, who headed the country's order of Buddhist monks for more than two decades, died Thursday. He was 100. Doctors said that Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara (SOM-ded PRA YA-na-SUNG-WORN) died at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, where he had been treated since being admitted for an illness more than a...
Antonia Brenner, 86 (1926 - 2013)
ELLIOT SPAGAT, The Associated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) — An American nun who was raised in Beverly Hills and abandoned a life of privilege to live in a notorious Mexican jail has died.Antonia Brenner was 86.The Eudist Servants of the 11th hour says Brenner died Thursday at the Tijuana convent she founded. Sister Anne Marie Maxfield says Brenner had been ill for a while with a weak heart and a...
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93 (1920 - 2013)
JOSEF FEDERMAN, The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — To his supporters, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was a revered spiritual sage who empowered masses of disenfranchised Sephardic Jews. Among secular Israelis, he was widely perceived as a medieval figure, bedecked in flowing robes and occasionally given to bizarre rants. But through his control of the Shas political party, Yosef wielded influence...
Rabbi Moshe Greenberg (2013)
IAN DEITCH, The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, a religious educator who survived a brutal Gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime, has died in Israel. He was 84.The Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement in which Greenberg was a member said he died on Tuesday.Greenberg was born to a Hassidic family in Moldavia at a time when Jews were...
Sister Teresita Barajuen (2013)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — A nun believed to hold the world record of 86 years cloistered in a monastery has died in Spain.Sister Maria Romero, abbess of the Buenafuente del Sistal monastery...
The Rev. Will Campbell, 88 (1924 - 2013)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Rev. Will Campbell, a white minister who drew acclaim for his involvement in the civil rights movement, has died at the age of 88.John Egerton, a...
Rev. Andrew Greeley, 85 (1928 - 2013)
DON BABWIN, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Andrew Greeley, an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling author and longtime Chicago newspaper columnist who even criticized the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...