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Boyd Packer, 90 (1924 - 2015)
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...
Sister Nirmala Joshi, 81 (2015)
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...
L. Tom Perry, 92 (1922 - 2015)
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...
Rabbi Moshe Levinger (2015)
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...
Rabbi Elio Toaff, 99 (1915 - 2015)
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...
Cardinal Francis George, 78 (1937 - 2015)
By RACHEL ZOLL and DON BABWIN, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the...
Gardner Taylor, 96 (1918 - 2015)
By RACHEL ZOLL, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor, who played a key role in the civil rights movement, has died. He was 96.Taylor died on Easter Sunday, according to...
Robert Schuller, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated Press GARDEN GROVE, California (AP) — A public memorial will be held for the late televangelist the Rev. Robert H. Schuller in a plaza outside the glass-paned Crystal Cathedral he...
Collins Chabane (2015)
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...
Cardinal Edward Egan, 82 (1932 - 2015)
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...
Niki Aziz, 84 (1931 - 2015)
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...