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First Christian state funeral in Pakistan

KARACHI (SE): To the background boom of a 19-gun salute, members of the Pakistan army, navy and air force formed an guard of honour for the body of Sister Ruth Pfau, who died on August 10, as it was carried into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi for a state funeral.
 
The flag of the Vatican City flew at half-mast high above the cathedral, alongside the Pakistani national flag. The requiem Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Joseph Coutts.
 

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History-making bishop mourned

FENGXIANG (SE): Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, who was emboldened in 1980 to take a step in disobedience to the Church by accepting episcopal ordination from his predecessor in Fengxiang, Bishop Anthony Zhou Weidao, without a mandate from the Holy See, died at 7.20am on November 17.
 

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The Angel of the Lepers flies no more

MACAU (SE): Known as The Angel of the Lepers, Father Gaetano Nicosia is being honoured in death, not because he was ostracised from society, but because of a lifetime of care for those who as victims of Hansen’s Disease struggled at the margins of society throughout their lives.
 
In a remote corner of Coloane Island off the coast of Macau, a colony of outcasts affected by Hansen’s Disease that had been abandoned by both the society and government of the former Portuguese enclave, became his life’s mission.
 

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Death Notice - Sister Eileen Franz

MARYKNOLL (SE): Sister Eileen Franz died on November 5 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of America. She was 89-years-old and had been with Maryknoll for 67 years.
 
Born in Jersey City on 3 December 1927, she is survived by a brother and a sister.
 
Sister Franz graduated from St. Dominic’s Academy in 1945 and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. 
 

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A link with history mourned in Shatin

HONG KONG (SE): Well remembered for her decades of service to education in Shatin, Sister Mary Annunciata Chou Hsueh-mei was buried from St. Alfred’s parish on October 21. She passed away after a long illness at the age of 88 on October 15.
 
Past and present principals and former students, as well as her community from the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows and relatives gathered for the requiem Mass celebrated by Father Stephen Chan Mun-hung to mourn her passing.
 

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Pioneering lay missionary mourned

HONG KONG (SE): A packed St. Andrew’s church in Tseung Kwan O paid a last tribute to a woman that human wisdom may tell us departed from this life too early, but prayed that the light of the wisdom of the Lord who giveth and taketh away will show the path to appreciating the value of what Jessica Ho Oi-chu contributed during her 52 years on this earth.
 
She died on the evening of October 9 and family, friends and associates gathered at St. Andrew’s on October 26 to bid their final farewell.
 

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Death Notice - Brother Thomas Favier

 
Brother Thomas Favier, of the De La Salle Brothers died peacefully in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong on Thursday, September 7, after 62 years in the religious life.
 

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Death Notice - Sister Teresa Luk

 
 
With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Teresa Luk, who passed away peacefully on July 24 at the age 86, after 65 years in religious life.
 

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Missionary life on the move comes to an end

Sister Kay Byrne died quietly on the evening of June 28 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in the United States of America. She was 88-years-old and had spent 64 years of her life with Maryknoll.
 
Born Katherine Theresa Byrne in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on 12 March 1929 to Marie Fitzgerald and Philip J. Byrne Jr, she had one brother, Philip J. and one sister, Maryellen. Both her parents and brother predeceased her.
 

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