Obituaries

An Archive of obituaries in Inside the Vatican.

Righteous Judgment: On the Death of Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court justices and family members listen to prayers near the casket of Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court in Washington Feb. 19. (CNS photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Reuters) See story to come.

A brilliant jurist, he manifested the distinctively Catholic habit of self-criticism, born of humility… The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 overwhelmed the obituary industry, in part because the balance of the Court was at stake in replacing him, but also in part because he was a figure much larger than […]

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Antonin Scalia – A Bulwark for Liberty

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is seen in this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec) See OBIT-SCALIA Feb. 15, 2016.

His “originalism” was not just a sound constitutional principle. It was a defense against the encroachin­g abuse of judicial power — like the enforced legalization of same-sex “marriage” On February 13, 2016, America lost one of its greatest legal minds, a patriotic American and a devout Catholic — Justice Antonin Scalia. One of Justice Scalia’s […]

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In Memoriam

Statement by Archbishop Charles Chaput on the death of 
Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago
I  was deeply saddened today to learn of the death of Cardinal Francis E. George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago.
Cardinal George was a close friend over many years, from the time I was a young bishop in Rapid City. We talked often. He was a constant source of good counsel and encouragement. As a fellow religious, he was a model for me of living the Beatitudes well, despite the daily crush of leading a large local Church. As a bishop and a scholar, he was the finest intellect the Church in America has seen in many decades. The only consolation in losing him is knowing that he served the Lord well, and the Lord has welcomed him home.
On behalf of the Church in Philadelphia, I extend prayerful condolences to Cardinal George’s family and many friends as well as Archbishop Blase J. Cupich and the priests, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
I ask the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to offer prayers for Cardinal George, and our priests to offer Masses for the repose of his soul. All of us are very grateful for the gifts of his life and service to the Universal Church. May God grant him the gift of eternal life, and give peace and consolation to all those who loved, admired, and respected him.

Cardinal George dies April 17 after long battle with cancer By Inside the Vatican Staff, with CNS Reports Cardinal Francis George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died on April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78. Statement by Archbishop […]

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Cardinal Edward Egan Dedicated Priest in Troubled Times

The late Cardinal Edward Michael Egan in 2003 at the jubilee of John Paul II.

The sudden death of Cardinal Edward Egan, 82, the Archbishop of New York for nine years (2000-2009), prompted sadness for his passing and appreciation for his multifaceted career. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II to succeed the popular John Cardinal O’Connor as Archbishop of New York at the Pope’s express desire (Egan’s name […]

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The Funeral of Cardinal Angelini, Last Roman Cardinal

Cardinal Fio­renzo Angelini.

On the afternoon of November 24, at the altar of the Cathedral of the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis presided over the rites of the last “Commendatio” and “Valedictio” at the conclusion of the funeral for Cardinal Fio­renzo Angelini, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers, who passed away on Saturday, November 22. He […]

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Benny Lai

The late Benny Lai.

Benny Lai, the dean of the journalists accredited to the Holy See, a prolific essayist and author, died in Rome on December 12 at the age of 88. He had been covering Holy See affairs for more than 60 years, since the early 1950s. Lai had been sick for some time and passed away at […]

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Polish Primate Cardinal Glemp Dies at 83

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Retired Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw, who served as Primate of the Catholic Church in Poland during the final years of Communism and during the restoration of democracy, died January 23 at the age of 83. Offering his condolences to Polish Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI said Cardinal Glemp had a “profound love for God and […]

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The Late Gregor Volken

“Acriter et fideliter.” With courage and faithfulness. This is the ancient motto of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, and the words well describe the life and character of the late Gregor Volken, vice-commandant of the corps, who served four Popes for 38 years and two months, making his one of the longest services in the history […]

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Benedict XVI’s Confessor, Polish Franciscan Mariusz Paczóski, Dies

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Some years ago, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s personal confessor was no longer available, as he had to leave Italy; then the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith showed the desire to have a new confessor from the Franciscan Conventual Friars, who are the official confessors at the Basilica of St. Peter in […]

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Cardinal Ignace Daoud, Former Syriac Catholic Patriarch, Dies at 81

Cardinal Daoud.

Mourning the death of Syrian-born Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, who died April 7 in a Rome hospital, Pope Benedict XVI also prayed for the people of the Middle East “living through difficult times.” The 81-year-old cardinal was the retired prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches and the former Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church. Cardinal […]

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Pope Offers Condolences on Death of Patriarch Shenouda III of Alexandria

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Praising the ecumenical commitment of the late Coptic Orthodox Pope Shen­ouda III of Alexandria, Egypt, Pope Benedict XVI on March 18 offered his condolences to Orthodox Christians in Egypt on the death of their patriarch. Pope Shenouda, who served as patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church for 41 years, died March 17 at the age […]

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