Notable Religious Deaths

  • 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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  • Yousef Hamadani Cohen (2014)

    Yousef Hamadani Cohen

    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...

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  • Fred Phelps, 84 (1929 - 2014)

    Fred Phelps

    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...

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  • Bishop Joseph Fan, 95 (1918 - 2014)

    Bishop  Joseph  Fan

    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...

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  • Arvella Schuller (2014)

    Arvella Schuller

    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...

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