Celebrity Deaths in Religion

  • Collins Chabane (2015)

    Collins Chabane

    The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities say a Cabinet minister who led the planning of the 2013 funeral of Nelson Mandela has died in a car crash.The office of South African President Jacob Zuma said Collins Chabane, minister in charge of public service and administration, died early Sunday.Zuma said in a statement that Chabane's death is a big loss to the government...

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  • Cardinal Edward Egan, 82 (1932 - 2015)

    Cardinal Edward Egan

    By VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, a Vatican theological force who led the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York for almost a decade, will be eulogized Tuesday from the pulpit where he once preached. His successor, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, will be the celebrant for the afternoon funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral that follows a public viewing. ...

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  • Niki Aziz, 84 (1931 - 2015)

    Niki Aziz

    By EILEEN NG, The Associated PressKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, a revered Islamic spiritual leader who helped bolster unity in Malaysia's opposition bloc and was a key advocate of Islamic law, has died. He was 84.His son Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz said his father, who was battling prostate cancer, died Thursday at his home in northeastern Kelantan state."The angels came...

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  • Rev. Richard McBrien, 78 (1936 - 2015)

    Rev. Richard McBrien

    By TOM COYNE, The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) — The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theologian known for his unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Catholicism, died Sunday in his native Connecticut, according to the school. He was 78. The often-quoted theology professor, who for nearly 50 years penned a weekly column...

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  • Marcus J. Borg, 72 (1942 - 2015)

    Marcus J. Borg

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian who attracted praise and controversy by helping to lead efforts to analyze Jesus as a historical figure, has died at age 72.Borg died Wednesday at his home in Portland, Oregon, according to his publisher, HarperOne. The publisher announced Thursday that Borg had been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,...

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