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Former Filipino environment minister dies at 65

MANILA (UCAN): Regina Paz Lopez, the one time head of the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and a strong advocate of children’s welfare and environmental protection, died on August 19 after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 65-years-old.
 
During her short stint as head of the department, Lopez vowed to use Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, as a guide in implementing laws to protect the environment.
 

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Cardinal Ortega the voice of Cuba’s poor dies at 82

VATICAN (CNS): Jaime Cardinal Ortega Alamino, the retired archbishop of Havana, Cuba, was a proud Cuban who pressed for greater freedom for his Church and for an end to the United States (US) embargo on his homeland. He died on July 26 after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 82.
 

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Farewell to the refugee who became a priest

HONG KONG (SE): Oblate Father Peter King passed away on June 22. He was born in Shanghai in 1924, the Year of the Rat. According to the traditional Chinese zodiac, those born in that year are often described as social, quick-witted, always on the go and hard-working. In many ways, this is an apt description of his life and ministry over the past 61 years. 
 

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Former bishop of Baguio dead at 80

MANILA  (UCAN): Bishop Carlito Cenzon, the former bishop of the northern Philippine city of Baguio, died at the age of 80 in a Manila hospital on June 26.
 
The late bishop is most remembered for fighting to protect a forest reservation near the city from an illegal road project allegedly spearheaded by a former government official.
Today, Mount Santo Tomas is covered by a permanent environmental protection order following the bishop’s 2014 petition for a Writ of Nature.
 

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To live for Christ not ourselves

Every long innings comes to an end and Columban Father John MacGrath ended his time on this earth on June 14 when he succumbed to his long battle with cancer.
 
Although remembered as softly spoken and gentle in his ways, his benign demeanour masked an interior strength, which must have come to the fore as a member of a premiership-winning football team in his youth. It remained within him as a quiet resilience that brought him through the many challenges he faced in his life.
 

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Farewell to Maryknoll China hand

MARYKNOLL (SE): Maryknoll Sister Janet Carroll died on 28 May 2019 at Cedar Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Ossining, New York, the United States of Americ. She was 85-years-old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years. 
 
Born in New York City on 22 1933 Sister Carroll graduated from St. Barnabas High School in the Bronx and entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll in 1952.
 

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Church groups honour indefatigable champion of the poor

MANILA (UCAN): Sister Crescencia “Cres” Lucero of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, suffered a stroke while attending a meeting on human rights in Jakarta, Indonesia. She underwent an operation for cerebral haemorrhage on May 9, but eventually died on May 15. She was 77-years-old.
 

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Jean Vanier humanitarian, philosopher and theologian dead at 90

TORONTO (CNS): Jean Vanier, the author of some 30 books, a member of the Order of Canada, winner of the Templeton Prize, member of France’s Legion of Honour and the founder of the L’Arche communities and co-founder of Faith and Light, died in Paris, France, on May 7.
He had been suffering from cancer and was assisted at a L’Arche facility. He was 90-years-old.
 

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Maryknoll centenarian goes home to the Father

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Paulita Hoffmann, died on March 14 at Maryknoll, New York, the United States, she was 104-years-old and had been in the consecreated life for 85 years.
 
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 13 August 2014,  she was a swimming instructor, a Red Cross volunteer and an office worker before entering the Maryknoll Congregation at the Maryknoll Motherhouse in Ossining, NY on 4 June 1933.
 

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De La Salle Brothers bid farewell to a cheerful confrère

HONG KONG (SE): The De La Salle Brothers announced that Brother Alphonsus Breen of the St. Joseph’s College Community in Hong Kong, died on January 5 at Ruttonjee Hospital. He experienced old age with good cheer and graceful, enduring the gradual wearing down of his body with no complaints. He was 88 years old. 
 

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