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Death of Bishop Noel Daly and other stories where prayers are requested

Bishop Noel Daly, the former Bishop of Sandhurst in Victoria died suddenly but peacefully at home on Wednesday.

The Diocese of Sandhurst webpage has published a tribute part of which reads: "Bishop Noel had served the Diocese as its leader for 21 years and during that time he introduced many pastoral initiatives and offices including Centacare Family Services, Faith Education Sandhurst, the Renew and Many Parishes One Purpose Program, Ministry to Priests Program and Continuing Education of Priests, Vocations Ministry, Youth Ministry, Sacramental policies including the Steps in Faith parish approach to Confirmation-Eucharist preparation. He will be interned in the crypt at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo next Tuesday, 20th January.

In the United States, many prayers are being offered for the welfare of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, the well-known broadcaster on the EWTN Catholic television network. On Sunday evening, Jan. 11th, Fr. Benedict was struck by a car. Fr. Benedict is still in critical but stable condition. The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal are providing updates on their website and have asked for continued prayers for Fr. Benedict's recovery. The website also cautions though: "Please do not, under any circumstance, call the hospital or friars for information so that our phone lines can remain open. The large volume of calls have been affecting Fr. Benedict's care. All updates on Fr. Benedict's condition will continue to be posted here. Thank you and God Bless You!"

In Scotland, prayers have been asked for one who is perhaps not so much in everyone's "good books". A number of newspapers are carrying reports similar to this:

Roddy Wright, the Scottish bishop who shocked the Roman Catholic Church when he ran off with a divorcee, is gravely ill with cancer. Parishioners in his former Argyll and the Isles diocese are asked to keep him in their prayers.

The former priest, who lives in New Zealand with Kathleen MacPhee, the mother of three with whom he eloped in 1996, is suffering from liver cancer.

One friend in Oban, the town where Mr Wright lived before the scandal erupted, said: "He is very ill. I'm afraid we fear the worst."

Let us keep all of them in our prayers.

Diocese of Sandhurst - Tribute to Bishop Noel Desmond Daly, RIP
CFR - Updates on the condition of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
The Herald - Former bishop Roddy Wright has cancer

16 Jan 2004