- John L. Allen Jr.
- July 5, 2017
Joaquin Navarro Valls, the longtime spokesman for Pope John Paul who played a role under the Polish pope somewhat akin to a chief of staff, died Wednesday at the age of 80 from cancer. He wasn’t without his flaws, but he was nevertheless a giant of a man, and someone who took a deep personal as well as professional interest in the people around him. Whatever else can be said, it will be a long time before we see someone else like him.READ MORE
Cardinal Oswald Gracis of India says his fellow Indian Prince of the Church, Ivan Dias, who died in Rome on Monday at the age of 81, was a “martyr for mission,” driven by a relentless missionary zeal and willing to put up with illness and suffering as the result of his efforts.READ MORE
Ten years ago, Orazio Petrosillo, the legendary Vatican correspondent for ‘Il Messaggero,’ died after a long illness. He was a giant, who taught an aspiring young American vaticanista lifelong lessons in the importance of knowledge, in what it means to be a colleague, and in fostering (and sustaining) a work ethic rooted in passion.READ MORE
“Throughout her life, and in the last 12 years in the community at Woolton Road in Liverpool, her vowed commitment to God, the church and her religious community impelled her to proclaim with integrity the Gospel message of love and justice,” a statement issued by the Congregational Mission Office in Ipswich said of Sister Catherine Hughes.READ MORE
Archbishop Patrick F. Flores died January 9. He showed early signs of wanting to live a life with God according to his younger sister, Mary Moreno, who said that her brother would often walk up and down the road in front of the family home praying the rosary. “He was always very close to God,” she said.READ MORE