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Funeral information for late Mr. Gershom Taylor who passed away on March 04, 2017.

Funeral information for late Mr. Gershom Taylor who passed away on March 04, 2017.

Viewing/Visitation:

Saturday, March 11, 2017

4:00PM to 8:00PM

Jorge Riviera Funeral home

4543 Kennedy Blvd.

North Bergen, NJ 07047

Funeral:

Monday, March 13, 2017

10:00AM

Jorge Riviera Funeral home

4543 Kennedy Blvd.

North Bergen, NJ 07047

 

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Obituary of Gershon Taylor

 

Slain Priest Rene Robert Left Letter Opposing Execution for Killer – NBC News

Slain Priest Rene Robert Left Letter Opposing Execution for Killer – NBC NEWS JAN 31 2017, 4:24 PM ET by TRACY CONNOR

Two decades before he was kidnapped and shot dead, Florida priest Rene Robert signed a “declaration of life” stating that if he were ever killed, he would not want the culprit to face the death penalty.

Now, Catholic bishops hope that document will convince prosecutors to reverse their decision to pursue capital punishment for Steven James Murray, the ex­con accused of of murdering the priest last April in Georgia.

At a meeting Tuesday with the Augusta, Georgia District Attorney’s office, they argued that Robert’s beyond­-the-­grave statement that the death penalty is “morally wrong” should be respected.

“The wishes of the victim should be respected and be part of the decision­making,” said Bishop Felipe Estevez of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida, who was joined by Atlanta Archbishop Wilson Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer.

“It was violence that led to Father Rene’s death. It would be tragic that there would be more violence, the death of another person for no reason. What do we accomplish?” Estevez told NBC News.

Acting DA Hank Syms described the meeting as “cordial” but did not comment on the bishops’ request. His predecessor, Ashley Wright, who is now a judge, told NBC News she was unaware of Robert’s declaration when she decided Murray deserved the death chamber.

But Wright, who said she could not comment on the specifics of the case in her new role, added that the DA “is supposed to be impervious to public opinion or public outcry about how a case should be handled.”

Robert, 71, was a Franciscan priest who frequently ministered to former prisoners like Murray, a drug user who had been in and out of jail since he was a teenager.

On the night of April 10, Murray asked the priest for a ride then abducted him, drove him to Georgia, shot him and dumped his body, authorities said.

He told a local newspaper he never intended to kill the priest but panicked when he realized he had gone too far.

“I just f­­­­­­ freaked out and I killed him,” Murray, who has pleaded not guilty, told the St. Augustine Record in a series of jailhouse interviews

The diocese said it found the declaration of life — a form letter he signed and had notarized in 1995 — while looking through his personnel file to prepare an obituary shortly after the slaying.

Church officials did not immediately alert prosecutors, but told them of the document’s existence after Wright announced her intention to seek the death penalty in May.

Robert’s sister, Deborah Bedard, said the discovery of the declaration tempered her wish to see the killer pay for the priest’s life with his own.

“I’m torn,” she told NBC News. “Part of me wants him [Murray] gone. Part of me wants him to suffer for the rest of his life.”

She said she knew her brother opposed the death penalty, in line with the teachings of the Roman Catholic church, but she didn’t realize he was so “adamant” until she learned of the document.

“I want to abide by his wishes, but it isn’t my decision,” Bedard said. “I just don’t know what to feel.”

Murray’s lawyer, Ryan Swingle, said he could not predict whether the DA’s office would reverse its decision before trial.

“I hope that Father Robert’s declaration of life is given due consideration by everyone involved,” he said. “I think it’s a profound document from a person whose life was spent caring for others.”

His client’s reactions have been erratic. After one hearing, he said he had mental problems, apologized and asked for forgiveness. A few months later, he told reporters, “Tell the world, I say f— ’em.”

Murray told the St. Augustine Record that if he had to pick between life in prison or execution, he would choose death.

“This is the end of the line for me,” he said.

Mrs. Lilavati Emmanuel Master passed away on January 28, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY.

Mrs. Lilavati Emmanuel Master passed away on January 28, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY.
Funeral service:
Place: Christ United Methodist Church, 673 45th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Date: Monday, February 06, 2017
Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, 355 Linden Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036

Information : Viral, Steven Borsada, Neeraj Gamadia.

91-year-old priest who fought 38 years for Indian citizenship, passes away. – News from The Times of India.

TNN | Jan 27, 2017, 11.33 PM IST – Printed from The Times of India. 

NAVI MUMBAI: The affable Jesuit priest of Spanish origin, Father Federico Sopena Gusi, who had struggled for 38 years to become a naturalized Indian citizen last year, passed away due to old age related ailments on Wednesday. He was 91.
Raigad-based activists and social workers have expressed sorrow at the passing away of Fr Sopena, since he had actively worked for the welfare of the poor Katkari tribals in the region for several years.
Talking to TOI, the Pen based activist Vaishali Patil said: “We are all very sad to hear about the demise of Fr Sopena, who was a phenomenal human being working for the downtrodden. I knew him for over 25 years while closely working for the welfare of the poor adivasis (tribals) in Raigad. Born in Barcelona (Spain), Fr Sopena had been living in India since 1948, but he got the Indian citizenship only in April 2016 and he was so happy that he shouted ‘Bharat Mata ki jai!’, while we were in the office of Mumbai suburban district collectorate last year.”
Patil had personally intervened and helped the Jesuit priest acquire the Indian citizenship by writing several letters to the government department concerned, and painstakingly collating all the required documents, since the original file with all the certificates of Fr Sopena was earlier misplaced and declared as missing by the government bureaucrats.
A member of Society of Jesus, Fr Sopena was “in love” with India and had a good command over the Hindi language. 
Fr Sopena had in last April said “I can now die peacefully in my India. I love India, as I have spent over 67 years here.” He had further elaborated: “The great Indian poet, Kabir, had once said that you will be at peace if you have repaid all your loans and died in your motherland. That is why i am ‘bahut khush’ (very happy) to become a naturalized Indian!”
Patil recalled: “Two decades ago, Fr Sopena had lost one leg in a motorcycle accident while he was going from Pen to Panvel on the Mumbai-Goa highway. Despite living with an artificial Jaipur foot, he was always enthusiastic about life and his work. All the people and activists in Raigad have fond memories of him. May his soul rest in peace.”