Celebrity Deaths in Religion

  • Nicolae Corneanu, 90 (1923 - 2014)

    Nicolae Corneanu

    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 police has died. He was 90.Nicolae Corneanu, the bishop of Banat, who irritated Romanian Orthodox Church leaders with his non-traditional views, died Sunday at his residence, church spokesman Lucian...

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  • Rev. Ian Paisely, 88 (1926 - 2014)

    Rev. Ian Paisely

    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 pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast. He was 88.Paisley's blistering oratory in sermons and street protests was blamed for fueling four decades of bloodshed that claimed 3...

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  • Bishop Cirilo Flores, 66 (1948 - 2014)

    Bishop Cirilo Flores

    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 was 66.U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/Wx2Sqy ) that Flores had been ailing since April 17, when he suffered a stroke. While under treatment, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.Flores became...

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  • Metropolitan Volodymyr (2014)

    Metropolitan Volodymyr

    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 Volodymyr, who had been credited with stabilizing the church, died Saturday "after a long illness," the church announced online Saturday.In his more than 20 years as head of the country's largest church,...

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  • Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (2014)

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

    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, has died in his Boulder, Colorado, home. He was 89.Schachter-Shalomi, known to his followers as Reb Zalman, died Thursday morning in his sleep after a long illness, Rivkah Walton of the Alliance for...

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