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Notable Religious Deaths

  • 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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  • The Rev. Alvaro Corcuera (2014)

    The Rev.  Alvaro  Corcuera

    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, has died. He was 56.The Legion said Corcuera, who stepped down as superior in 2012 because of a brain tumor, died Monday in Mexico City.Corcuera took over as superior in 2005, a year after the...

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  • Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani, 92 (1922 - 2014)

    Sheikh Muhammad  Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi  al-Haqqani

    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 the north of ethnically-divided Cyprus.Imam Shakir Alemdar, the vice grand mufti of Cyprus, confirmed the death. The imam hailed the Cypriot-born Sheikh Nazim as one of the world's great Islamic...

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  • Theoklitos of Ioannina (2014)

    Theoklitos of Ioannina

    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, unspecified illness.Theoklitos was born in 1930 and studied theology and economics at the universities of Athens and Piraeus. He was a military priest in the 1960s and became Metropolitan bishop of Ioannina...

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