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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, 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...
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 Iranian Jews in parliament, Siamak Moreh Sedgh, says Rabbi Cohen died on Friday and was buried on Sunday.Cohen was the spiritual leader of Iran's Jews from 1993 till 2007, and remained a senior rabbi even...
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 gay people is the root of all earthly evil.By the time you saw one of his outrageous and hate-filled signs — "You're Going to Hell" was among the more benign — you were already doomed.Tall, thin...
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 Kung Foundation says Fan died early Sunday evening following a brief illness. It says officials in China's financial hub turned down a request to hold his funeral at the city's cathedral.Fan was named...
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" televangelism program seen by millions of viewers around the globe, died on Tuesday. She was 84. Schuller, who was married to the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at University...
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...
Harold Camping, 92 (1921 - 2013)
The Associated PressOAKLAND, California (AP) — Harold Camping, the U.S. preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave...
Paul Crouch, 79 (1934 - 2013)
The Associated PressCOSTA MESA, California (AP) — Paul Crouch, the televangelist who built what's been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, has died. He was 79.Crouch died at...
Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, 100 (1913 - 2013)
THANYARAT DOKSONE, The Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Patriarch, who headed the country's order of Buddhist monks for more than two decades, died Thursday. He was 100. ...
Antonia Brenner, 86 (1926 - 2013)
ELLIOT SPAGAT, The Associated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) — An American nun who was raised in Beverly Hills and abandoned a life of privilege to live in a notorious Mexican jail has died.Antonia Brenner...
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93 (1920 - 2013)
JOSEF FEDERMAN, The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — To his supporters, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was a revered spiritual sage who empowered masses of disenfranchised Sephardic Jews. Among secular...
Rabbi Moshe Greenberg (2013)
IAN DEITCH, The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, a religious educator who survived a brutal Gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime,...
Sister Teresita Barajuen (2013)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — A nun believed to hold the world record of 86 years cloistered in a monastery has died in Spain.Sister Maria Romero, abbess of the Buenafuente del Sistal monastery...
The Rev. Will Campbell, 88 (1924 - 2013)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Rev. Will Campbell, a white minister who drew acclaim for his involvement in the civil rights movement, has died at the age of 88.John Egerton, a...
Rev. Andrew Greeley, 85 (1928 - 2013)
DON BABWIN, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Andrew Greeley, an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling author and longtime Chicago newspaper columnist who even criticized the...
Frances B. Monson, 85 (1927 - 2013)
BRADY McCOMBS, The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The wife of the Mormon church's president shied away from the spotlight, but her lifelong work behind the scenes left a lasting...
Aloysius Jin Luxian, 96 (1916 - 2013)
The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, who revived the Catholic church in China's financial hub after years of Maoist persecution, has died. He was 96. Jin's...
Francois-Wolff Ligonde, 85 (1928 - 2013)
The Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Bishop Francois-Wolff Ligonde, who presided over the lavish wedding of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and was viewed as an...
David Kuo, 44 (1968 - 2013)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative Christian who helped to lead President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative but then criticized the effort has died.David Kuo was 44 when he...
Elder Eldred G. Smith (2013)
The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elder Eldred G. Smith, the oldest Mormon church general authority and oldest known Utahn, has died at the age of 106.Smith, who was born in Lehi, died...
Rabbi Menachem Froman (2013)
The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi Menachem Froman, an Israeli settler known for his efforts to promote coexistence between Arabs and Jews, has died. He was 68. His son Shivi Froman...
Cardinal Jean Honoré, 92 (1920 - 2013)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressThe French Bishops' Conference has announced that Cardinal Jean Honoré, who was appointed by Benedict's predecessor John Paul II, died Thursday, hours...
The Rev. Alphonse Mascherino (2013)
The Associated PressSOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A priest who left the Roman Catholic church and founded a nondenominational chapel to honor the victims of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 has died.The...
David Hartman (1931 - 2013)
TIA GOLDENBERG, The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Rabbi David Hartman, one of the world's leading Jewish philosophers who promoted both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue, has died. He...
Bishop Emeritus John D' Arcy, 80 (1932 - 2013)
The Associated PressFORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Bishop Emeritus John D'Arcy, who oversaw the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 24 years during a time of church closings, a national sex-abuse scandal...
Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon, 75 (1937 - 2012)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Jane Holmes Dixon, who became a priest in her late 40s and later became the second female bishop in the Episcopal Church, has died. She was 75.The Diocese of...
Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, 84 (1928 - 2012)
The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic church and the longest-serving head of the Richmond diocese, died Tuesday....
Ignatius Hazim, 91 (1921 - 2012)
The Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) — The patriarch of a Damascus-based Eastern Orthodox Church, Ignatius Hazim, has died in a Beirut hospital. He was 92.Hazim was named Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of...
Patriarch Maxim, 98 (1914 - 2012)
VESELIN TOSHKOV, The Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, who weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to lead the Balkan country's Orthodox Christians for...
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, 92 (1920 - 2012)
HYUNG-JIN KIM, The Associated Press GAPYEONG, South Korea (AP) — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, best known for conducting mass weddings involving thousands of couples, was a self-proclaimed messiah,...