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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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  • Dr. Maher Hathout, 79 (1936 - 2015)

    Dr. Maher  Hathout

    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,...

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  • Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, 75 (1939 - 2014)

    Ben Ammi Ben-Israel

    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....

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  • Gleb Yakunin (2014)

    Gleb Yakunin

    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...

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