On Easter Sunday, Mary Louise Schniedwind shook free of the shackles of time to be waived across the border into the Eternal. No need to check her papers; she had been there before, and everybody knew her anyway. She was in her 98th year, acting and looking much younger, still as single-eyed as we are bidden to be in the Bible and, as everyone blessed enough to know can tell you, ever-youthful in her interests and activities, less concerned with what was past than with what was yet to come.
"As members of the one body of Christ, we are obligated to stand with our little sisters and brothers," said Bishop Patrick McGrath.
Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti, who died Wednesday at the age of 90, dedicated many years as a "diligent colleague" at the Holy See, Pope Francis said.
The cardinal had spent more than 35 years at the service of the Vatican as a diplomat and a financial manager, and he'd been the papal delegate for the basilicas of St. Francis and St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Italy.
The pope said everywhere the cardinal worked "he expressed valued testimony of fervent priestly zeal and fidelity to the Gospel."
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Annette Funicello, arguably the most famous Disney Mousketeer of all, died Monday in Los Angeles from complications from multiple sclerosis.
Funicello was born in 1942 in Utica, N.Y., to Italian-American parents. She moved to Southern California with her family at age 4. She sang, danced and modeled and was discovered at the age of 12 by Walt Disney when he saw her perform. He invited her to audition for his new television show for children, "The Mickey Mouse Club."
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Franziska Jägerstätter gained a certain international renown when her husband, who was beheaded in 1943 for refusing to join the Nazi cause on religious grounds, was beatified.
The new pope told a monsignor in 2007 that if he were the pope, Oscar Romero's canonization would be a priority.
Sr. Mary Nona McGreal, master teacher, historian, prolific writer and promoter of Catholic education in the United States, died on March 20 at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis. She was 98. Her life and many ministries, from primary teacher to co-author of a three-volume curriculum used nationally in Catholic schools, spanned 80 years of religious profession.