- Dec 7, 2019
The Jesuit-educated Fidel Castro rejected the Church of his childhood following the 1959 Cuban revolution, and for two decades never met a bishop. But then came a book-long interview with a Brazilian friar, and growing closeness between Church and state in Cuba — as well as tantalizing signs that Castro was seeking reconciliation with his Catholic faith.
Father Gabriel Amorth, the famed Roman exorcist who died Friday at 91, was a “strong, vigorous voice [who] spoke to millions of people about the action of the devil,” a member of his Society of St. Paul order said. “He alone managed to revitalize the ministry in one country, and then his influence reached everywhere in the Church.”
Catholic pundit Phyllis Schlafly, 92, died Sept. 5 at her home in Ladue, Missouri, outside St. Louis, after immersing herself for most of her adult life in a host of conservative causes, including stopping ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Indian archbishop Raphael Cheenath, a champion of the oppressed and of victims of anti-Christian persecution, died Sunday at 81, praised by his successor as “fearless”. Just 12 days ago, India’s Supreme Court upheld his petition for more compensation for victims of a 2008 anti-Christian pogrom.
Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, who succeeded St. Pope John Paul II as the Archbishop of Krakow and who died Tuesday at 89, lived in a modest, self-effacing way that taught Cracovians something they may not have expected to learn in 1979: that they could love and esteem an archbishop who was quiet but unflinchingly steadfast, as they had loved and esteemed the princely Adam Stefan Sapieha and the dynamic Karol Wojtyła.
Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, who died in mid-July at the age of 67, was a compassionate and prominent figure working for the message of hope and faith for the suffering. The Archbishop of Bangalore pays tribute.