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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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Death Notice - Sister Philomala Chan

 
HONG KONG (SE): With deep sorrow the Precious Blood Sisters announce the death of Sister Philomala Chan, who passed away peacefully on July 20 at the age of 96, after 75 years in religious life.
 

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Longtime Vatican diplomat dies after long illness

VATICAN (SE): Ivan Cardinal Dias, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples before his retirement in 2011, died on June 19 in Rome after a long illness at the age of 81, CNS reported.
 
Pope Francis called the longtime Vatican diplomat, a “wise and gentle pastor” who served the Church and Vatican faithfully for almost five decades.
 

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Pakistan mourns much-loved bishop

MULTAN (SE): Bishop Andrew Francis, the former bishop of Multan in Pakistan, is being mourned across the country as a man of great determination to achieve peace and harmony in society through the promotion of interfaith dialogue and relations.
 
In acknowledging the life of Bishop Francis, the National Justice and Peace Commission says, “His selflessness, generosity and charitable nature are prominent symbols of peace and love in accordance with the teaching of Jesus Christ.”
 

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Death Notice

Hong Kong (SE): Brother Edward Kowala, from the Salesians of Don Bosco, died on February 10 at Canossa Hospital. He was 90-years-old.

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