August 11, 1990 |
Laszlo Toekes, 38, the ethnic Hungarian priest whose arrest helped spark Romania's revolution last December, has undergone successful pelvic surgery in Hungary after a car crash, Hungarian newspapers reported Friday.
August 7, 1988
Father Rene Poirier, 54, a Canadian Roman Catholic priest, was arrested and expelled by Haiti's military government because he was "guilty of insulting public statements liable to compromise the social and political order," an Information Ministry statement said. The statement gave no details, but in a radio interview, Poirier's Canadian assistant, Brother Luc Denomme, linked the expulsion to an argument July 31 between Poirier and a powerful local official.
July 6, 1987 |
This country's Roman Catholic primate, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, on Sunday questioned the Sandinista government's version of the death of a Franciscan priest in a northern battle zone. In his Sunday sermon, Obando y Bravo offered his condolences to the Franciscan Order over the death of Tomas Agustin Zabaleta, a Salvadoran killed Friday when his vehicle hit a land mine 70 miles north of Managua. The government said the mine was planted by U.S.
February 26, 2000 |
A parish priest in Sicily was in critical condition after sipping sacramental wine spiked with herbicide. His sacristan was under arrest. Police Maj. Giuseppe D'Agata said the Rev. Alfio Pappalardo, 66, collapsed at the altar after sipping the Eucharist wine during Mass on Thursday night at the Basilica of Pedara near the city of Catania. D'Agata said the sacristan, 53, was arrested after police found a bottle of herbicide at his home.
September 25, 1987
A French Jesuit priest was assassinated in a Lebanese university office by a gunman using a pistol with a silencer. Police said that 47-year-old Andre Masse was shot in the head and that the gunman and two accomplices walked away. There was no claim of responsibility. The murder of Masse, director of the Sidon branch of St. Joseph University, was the first of a French national in Lebanon in a year.
August 2, 2007 |
The death of an American Roman Catholic priest who openly criticized the Kenyan government was homicide, not suicide as an earlier investigation found, a Kenyan court ruled. The court ordered the government to launch a new inquiry. The FBI sent a team at Kenya's invitation to look into Father John Kaiser's death in 2000 and concluded that he probably shot himself.
August 28, 2003 |
A Roman Catholic priest was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a drunken Pittsburgh player who fell through a church ceiling after a cookout at which the priest was accused of serving alcohol to underage drinkers. The Rev. Henry Krawczyk resigned last month as pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in the Pittsburgh suburb of Homestead. Billy Gaines, a 19-year-old sophomore, died about 20 hours after falling June 18 at St.
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November 1, 2005 |
Mexican authorities are searching for a drug cartel gunman in connection with last week's execution-style slaying of a Tijuana priest. Luis Chavez Garcia, a 31-year-old career criminal who escaped from prison last year, is believed to have shot Father Luis Velazquez Romero six times in a popular restaurant district, police said. The priest was killed after attempting to break up a bar fight between Chavez's associates and another group, police said.
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February 7, 1987
Father Joseph Battaglia, communications director for the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Friday told Catholics in Chicago who objected to the television movie "Broken Vows," a murder mystery involving a priest who breaks his celibacy vows, that he was a consultant for the movie but that his criticism was disregarded. About 20 Catholics led by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights demonstrated outside CBS' Chicago office on Jan.
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January 15, 2004 |
An Archdiocese of Los Angeles' clergy misconduct board on Wednesday reviewed allegations that a Pasadena priest sexually abused a teenage girl 23 years ago, and sent a memorandum on the cleric's future to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, who has power to remove individuals from the ministry.