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December 29, 2012 |
Midge Turk Richardson, a former nun and parochial school principal in Los Angeles who cast off her habit for the world of New York publishing, where she reigned for nearly two decades as editor of Seventeen magazine, has died. She was 82. Richardson, who was found in her New York City home Dec. 17, appeared to have died in her sleep from natural causes, according to her stepson, Kevin Richardson. A Los Angeles native, Richardson spent 18 years as a nun in the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, including seven years as superintendent of Our Lady Queen of Angels High School.
July 5, 2013 |
Dolores Hart was one of Hollywood's top ingenues, giving Elvis Presley his first screen kiss in 1957's "Loving You" and then reuniting with him a year later in "King Creole. " She worked with such legends as Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani in 1957's "Wild Is the Wind" and Robert Ryan and Montgomery Clift in 1958's "Lonelyhearts," then earned a Tony Award nomination in 1959 for her first play, the romantic comedy "The Pleasure of His Company. " A devout Catholic since the age of 10, she broke off her engagement to Don Robinson in 1963 and entered the cloistered Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., where as Mother Dolores Hart she has lead a life of contemplation and hospitality.
April 13, 2010 |
Reporting from Bogota, Colombia, and Sao Paulo, Brazil -- A Brazilian court has convicted a rancher in the 2005 killing a U.S.-born nun, Dorothy Stang, in the third trial that the co-mastermind of her murder has faced. After 15 hours of deliberations, a jury found Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura guilty of planning the killing of Stang, 73. At the time of her death from six gunshots at close range, she was living among landless peasants in remote Para state in the Amazon River basin. Authorities have long alleged that De Moura, now 39, plotted Stang's murder because she blocked him and other ranchers from taking over land that had been set aside for the poor for sustainable development.
July 9, 1989 |
Doctors on Saturday reattached the retina of an elderly nun who was shot in the head last month in El Salvador, but they were unsure whether she would regain significant vision in her left eye. Sister Mary Stanislaus Mackey was in stable condition at St. Joseph Hospital after three hours of surgery, a spokeswoman said. Mackey was shot in a possible robbery attempt. She had an operation last week to remove bullet fragments.
December 27, 2008 |
Police detained a rancher suspected in the slaying of U.S. activist and nun Dorothy Stang, accusing him of illegally acquiring titles to land she died trying to defend. Regivaldo Galvao's arrest could lead to the reopening of the case in the death of Stang, 73, who was shot in 2005 in a dispute with ranchers. Prosecutors contend Galvao and another rancher hired men to kill Stang. Galvao was arrested in 2005, but he was freed on bail and has used appeals to avoid trial. He has denied any role in Stang's death.
June 22, 1989 |
An American nun was shot in the head and critically wounded by an assailant who fired into her pickup truck as she drove outside the capital, hospital and church sources said today. The sources said Sister Mary McKay, 72, was wounded Wednesday night as she traveled with two other people from the capital to Zaragoza, 10 miles to the south. The attacker has not been identified. Some Salvadoran armed forces officers consider nuns, priests and other church people who work in poor communities sympathizers with leftist guerrillas battling the U.S.-backed government.