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Rev. Richard McBrien, 78 (1936 - 2015)
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...
Marcus J. Borg, 72 (1942 - 2015)
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,...
Dr. Maher Hathout, 79 (1936 - 2015)
By GILLIAN FLACCUS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Maher Hathout, a prominent interfaith leader hailed as the father of the Muslim American identity, has died. He was 79.Hathout, who was born in Egypt but became a steady and insistent voice for Muslim American civic engagement over four decades, died Friday at the City of Hope in Duarte after a yearlong battle with liver cancer,...
Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, 75 (1939 - 2014)
By IAN DEITCH, The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, the polygamous vegan group said Sunday.Ben Ammi Ben-Israel died Saturday at the age of 75, the group said....
Gleb Yakunin (2014)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Gleb Yakunin, a dissident Russian Orthodox priest who was defrocked and later excommunicated, has died at age 80.His widow, Iraida, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he died Dec. 25 from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease.Yakunin, who denounced persecution of religious believers, served several years in prison in the 1980s and angered the church by...
Rabbi Harold Schulweis, 89 (1925 - 2014)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Harold Schulweis, an influential Conservative synagogue leader and scholar who fostered bold change, has died in Los Angeles at age 89. His death...
Nicolae Corneanu, 90 (1923 - 2014)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian Orthodox bishop who was the first senior cleric to acknowledge collaborating with the feared Securitate communist secret...
Rev. Ian Paisely, 88 (1926 - 2014)
SHAWN POGATCHNIK, The Associated PressDUBLIN (AP) — The Rev. Ian Paisley, the Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a...
Bishop Cirilo Flores, 66 (1948 - 2014)
The Associated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego has died.The diocese says Bishop Cirilo Flores died Saturday in Mission Valley after a battle of cancer. He...
Metropolitan Volodymyr (2014)
The Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church has died at 78 after leading it for more than two decades during the tumultuous post-Soviet period.Metropolitan...
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (2014)
The Associated PressBOULDER, Colorado (AP) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement and a widely influential figure in contemporary Jewish thought and practice,...
The Rev. Alvaro Corcuera (2014)
The Associated PressVATICAN CITY (AP) — The Rev. Alvaro Corcuera, who led the Legion of Christ religious order through the turmoil surrounding revelations that its founder was a pedophile and fraud...
Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani, 92 (1922 - 2014)
The Associated PressNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani, a leading figure of Sufism, the mystical branch of the Islamic faith, died Wednesday at the age of 92 in...
Theoklitos of Ioannina (2014)
The Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek bishop Theoklitos of Ioannina has died at the age of 83.A spokesperson for the Ioannina University hospital says he died Sunday after a short,...
Yousef Hamadani Cohen (2014)
The Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Yousef Hamadani Cohen, Iran's former chief rabbi and one of the cornerstones of its tiny Jewish community, has died. He was 98.The representative of the...
Fred Phelps, 84 (1929 - 2014)
JOHN HANNA, The Associated PressTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society's tolerance for...
Bishop Joseph Fan, 95 (1918 - 2014)
The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — Catholic groups say the underground bishop of Shanghai, Joseph Fan, has died at age 97 following decades of imprisonment and house arrest.The U.S.-based Cardinal...
Arvella Schuller (2014)
The Associated Press ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Arvella Schuller, who helped her pastor husband found the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in Southern California and hallmark "Hour of Power"...
The Rev. Robert Nugen (2014)
The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who was censured by the Vatican for his ministry to gays and lesbians has died.The Rev. Robert Nugent, a co-founder of New Ways Ministry...
Harold Camping, 92 (1921 - 2013)
The Associated PressOAKLAND, California (AP) — Harold Camping, the U.S. preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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,...
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...