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Respected former editor of UCAN dead at 85

COLOMBO (UCAN): Hector Welgampola, executive editor of UCAN from 1987 until he retired in December 2001, died on January 6 in Brisbane, Australia. He was 85-years-old.
 
The Sri-Lankan journalist was editor of the country’s two Colombo-based Catholic weeklies, the English-language Messenger and Sinhalese-language Gnanartha Pradeepaya (Lamp of Wisdom). He was also a senior columnist for the Daily Mirror and Sunday Times.
 

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Farewell to the missionary of print media

Milan (AsiaNews): A great media missionary of the 20th century, Father Piero Gheddo, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), died on December 20 in Cesano Boscone, near Milan. The missionary of print media, as he was fondly known across the world, was 89-years-old and had worked all his life in the world of communications to spread the gospel. 
 

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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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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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A pillar of strength mourned

MARYKNOLL (SE): Missionary, educator, peace and social justice advocate, Sister Mary-Lou Teufel, passed away on September 29 at the age of 94 after 63 years in the Maryknoll Society.
 
Born in United States of American (US) city of Cincinnati, Ohio, on 19 December 1922 to Mary (Gosink) Teufel and Anthony Teufel, Sister Teufel had two brothers; Richard and John; as well as three sisters; Rita, Clare and Catherine, all of whom predeceased her.
 

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Cardinal Vidal mourned

CEBU (SE): Ricardo Tito Cardinal Jamin Vidal, the longtime archbishop of the biggest archdiocese in The Philippines, died at the age of 86 in Perpetual Succour Hospital in Cebu due to infection leading to septic shock at 7.26am on October 18.
 
In a tribute to the late cardinal, the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, said, “Cardinal Vidal cannot die. He who has always shared in the dying and rising of the Lord daily in his priestly life cannot die.”
 

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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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