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Celebrity Deaths in Religion

  • 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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  • Cardinal Francis George, 78 (1937 - 2015)

    Cardinal Francis George

    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 clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78. George, who retired as Chicago archbishop in the autumn 2014, a few...

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  • Gardner Taylor, 96 (1918 - 2015)

    Gardner Taylor

    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 the Progressive National Baptist Convention, a denomination he helped form and once led. Taylor was the longtime pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, but had retired to Raleigh,...

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  • Robert Schuller, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Robert  Schuller

    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 built in Orange County. Daughter Carol Schuller Milner said Sunday the service will be held on Monday, April 20 on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove. After the memorial, Schuller...

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  • 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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