- Feb 24, 2020
Jean Vanier, who was 90, died from cancer Tuesday morning in a facility in Paris run by the L’Arche community that he founded in 1964.
Jesuit Father Robert Taft, who died Monday at 86, was one of those unforgettable characters who make Rome what it is.
Giving of himself to others was Michael Novak’s great gift. And this great, genuinely Catholic mind, who died Saturday at the age of 83, will continue giving to us through his more than 50 books. Our best tribute to him is to carry on his work, to imitate his spirit.
Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach was elected superior general of the Society of Jesus in 1983 on the first ballot. The Jesuits needed a leader endowed with his undemonstrative holiness and a practical wisdom honed by international and wartime experience.
For Elie Wiesel, who died July 2 at 87 years old, madness was not insanity. It was rather the willingness, often in the face of incredible odds, to stand up for human dignity no matter what one’s national identity, racial heritage or sexual orientation might be.