Obituary

Words for the faithfully departed.

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, Older Brother of Benedict XVI

The late Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI; the former died on July 1 Benedict XVI’s older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, 96, died on July 1 in Bavaria, just a little more than one week after the Pope Emeritus came from Rome to visit him. The Pope Emeritus was able [...]

Prospero Grech, Faithful Theologian and Malta’s Only Serving Cardinal

"Cardinal Grech was a religious of great wisdom and deep spirituality, who loved the Church and religious life" — Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re By ITV staff with CNA Cardinal Prosper Grech embraces Pope Francis. He died on December 30 at the age of 94 Cardinal Prosper Grech, an internationally renowned theologian whose career at [...]

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 February 19 (CNS photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Reuters) 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 [...]

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) 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” [...]

In Memoriam

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 Charles [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Polish Primate Cardinal Glemp Dies at 83

Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw, primate of the Catholic Church in Poland, during the final years of Communism and during the restoration of democracy. 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 [...]

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