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Celebrity Deaths in Religion

  • Boyd Packer, 90 (1924 - 2015)

    Boyd Packer

    Top-ranking Mormon church official Boyd K. Packer passed away on Friday. Credited as the force behind the church's explosive worldwide growth, Packer's fierce advocacy of the more orthodox, conservative views of Mormonism made him a frequent target of criticism by more liberal Mormons. By BRADY McCOMBS, The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the...

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  • Sister Nirmala Joshi, 81 (2015)

    Sister Nirmala Joshi

    The Associated PressKOLKATA, India (AP) — The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died early Tuesday, the organization said. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81.Her health had been declining in recent days, the charity said, but did not give more details about the cause of her death.She was selected to lead the Roman Catholic charity six months before the death...

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  • L. Tom Perry, 92 (1922 - 2015)

    L. Tom Perry

    The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader L. Tom Perry, a member of the faith's highest governing body, has died from cancer. He was 92.Perry died Saturday surrounded by his family at his Salt Lake City home, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement.Perry was diagnosed with cancer in late April after being hospitalized with breathing trouble. He began receiving radiation...

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  • Rabbi Moshe Levinger (2015)

    Rabbi Moshe Levinger

    By ARIEL SCHALIT, The Associated Press HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Rabbi Moshe Levinger, a leading figure in Israel's settler movement, was laid to rest Sunday in the West Bank city of Hebron, where he helped establish a controversial Jewish community after Israel captured the territory from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war. Thousands attended his funeral outside Hebron's holiest site, known...

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  • Rabbi Elio Toaff, 99 (1915 - 2015)

    Rabbi Elio Toaff

    The Associated PressROME (AP) — Elio Toaff, the longtime chief rabbi of Rome who helped set Judaism and the Catholic Church on the path to reconciliation after centuries of distrust, has died. He was 99.Toaff died Sunday, the Jewish community announced, and Rome's main synagogue immediately opened its doors for those wishing to pay their respects.Toaff took a historic step on the path of...

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