Celebrity Deaths in Religion

  • Ruth Pfau, 87 (1929 - 2017)

    Ruth Pfau

    Ruth Pfau, a German-born nun who was known as the Mother Theresa of Pakistan for devoting her life to efforts to rid that country of leprosy, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Karachi, Pakistan. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Mother Mary Angelica, 92 (1923 - 2016)

    Mother Mary Angelica

    Mother Mary Angelica, a Roman Catholic nun who founded a global religious television network that reaches hundreds of millions of believers, died Easter Sunday of complications after a stroke. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Macel Falwell, 82 (1933 - 2015)

    Macel Falwell

    Macel Falwell, the widow of the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., has died, according to The Associated Press. She was 82. LYNCHBURG, Virginia (AP) - Macel Falwell, the widow of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., has died. She was 82. The Falwell family announced her death Thursday on social media. Jerry Falwell Jr. confirmed his mother's death in an email Friday to The Associated Press and wrote that...

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  • Boyd Packer, 90 (1924 - 2015)

    Boyd Packer

    Top-ranking Mormon church official Boyd K. Packer passed away on Friday. Credited as the force behind the church's explosive worldwide growth, Packer's fierce advocacy of the more orthodox, conservative views of Mormonism made him a frequent target of criticism by more liberal Mormons. By BRADY McCOMBS, The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, president of the...

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  • Sister Nirmala Joshi, 81 (2015)

    Sister Nirmala Joshi

    The Associated PressKOLKATA, India (AP) — The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died early Tuesday, the organization said. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81.Her health had been declining in recent days, the charity said, but did not give more details about the cause of her death.She was selected to lead the Roman Catholic charity six months before the death...

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