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Retired Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn dies

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DOUGLASTON, N.Y. — Retired Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn, who headed the diocese from 1990 until his retirement in 2003, died early May 15 at the Immaculate Conception Center’s Bishop Mugavero Residence in Douglaston in the borough of Queens. He was 89.

Funeral arrangements were not yet available.

Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn, N.Y., applauds as he shares a laugh with President George H. Bush in 1992. Bishop Daily, who retired in 2003, died May 15 at Immaculate Conception Center's Bishop Mugavero Residence in the Queens borough of New York City. (CNS photo/Ed Wilkinson, The Tablet)

Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn, N.Y., applauds as he shares a laugh with President George H. Bush in 1992. Bishop Daily, who retired in 2003, died May 15 at Immaculate Conception Center’s Bishop Mugavero Residence in the Queens borough of New York City. (CNS photo/Ed Wilkinson, The Tablet)

“Bishop Daily was a man who personified the Second Vatican Council’s call for a preferential option for the poor,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said in a statement. “He ministered to indigenous people amidst poverty in Peru, women in crisis pregnancies, as well as new and often poor immigrants living in Brooklyn.

“He never acted out of malice or to further his own self-interest. At heart he was a missionary. I suspect he wished he could have remained in the missions his entire life,” Bishop DiMarzio added.

Bishop Daily was installed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1990 and served during a time of racial tension and financial hardship. In his later years, Bishop Daily suffered declining health.

As a young priest, then-Father Daily served the indigenous people of Lima, Peru, for five years. Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1952 by Cardinal Richard Cushing, he joined the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle in 1960 and moved to the Minatambo area of Lima. He often referred to his time there, ministering to the poor, as the happiest of his life.

Founded in 1958 by Cardinal Cushing, the missionary society is an international organization of diocesan missionary priests who volunteer a minimum of five years of their priestly lives to service in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. It was established by the cardinal in response to St. John XXIII’s call for members of the Catholic Church in economically favored nations to assist their fellow Catholics in Latin America.

Thomas Vose Daily was born Sept. 23, 1927, to Mary McBride Vose and John F. Daily, in Belmont, Massachusetts.

His graduated from Boston College, and after his studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., he was ordained by Cardinal Cushing at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Following ordination, he was assigned as curate for St. Ann’s Church in the Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy, Massachusetts. He remained in that post through the rest of the 1950s.

After returning to Boston after his time as a missionary, he was assigned again to St. Ann’s, where he served as assistant pastor until 1971. Father Daily was appointed to the position of secretary to Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros, who succeeded Cardinal Cushing as Boston’s archbishop.

In 1975, Father Daily was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Boston and in 1976, he was appointed vicar general of the archdiocese. Because of his fluency in Spanish, he was given special duties regarding the Spanish-speaking members of the archdiocese.

On July 17, 1984, Bishop Daily was appointed the first bishop of the new Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla. Among his most noteworthy actions was his leading of pro-life prayer vigils at local abortion clinics.

Bishop Daily also served as the supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus for many years. With the Knights, the Diocese of Brooklyn hosted Pope John Paul II for a celebration of the Mass at Aqueduct Race Track Oct. 6,1995.

On Aug. 1, 2003, Bishop Daily announced that his resignation as bishop of Brooklyn had been accepted by the pope.

As bishop emeritus, he was a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, a member of the boards of the Society of St. James the Apostle in Boston, and a member of the National Catholic Office for Persons With Disabilities in Washington.

Bishop Daily “served the Knights as supreme chaplain with dedication and joy from 1987 to 2005, and will be deeply missed,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a May 15 statement. “In life, he followed the example of the Good Shepherd and cared deeply for his diocesan flock and for the Knights of Columbus. I invite all Knights and their families to remember him in their prayers.”

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Cardinal Macharski, 89, retired archbishop of Krakow, dies

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, the retired successor to St. John Paul II as archbishop of Krakow, died Aug. 2 at the age of 89.

Krakow's Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, who died Aug. 2 at the age of 89, is pictured in this 2011 file photo during Mass in Piekary Slaskie, Poland. (CNS photo/Andrzej Grygiel, EPA)

Krakow’s Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, who died Aug. 2 at the age of 89, is pictured in this 2011 file photo during Mass in Piekary Slaskie, Poland. (CNS photo/Andrzej Grygiel, EPA)

Just five days before his death, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop to pray at the hospital where the cardinal was in a coma.

Meeting the bishops of Poland July 27, Pope Francis said that he knew they all were worried about the ailing cardinal, even if they could no longer visit with him. “At least draw close,” the pope told them; go to the hospital and “touch the wall as if to say, ‘Brother, I am near.’ To visit the sick is a work of mercy.”

In a message of condolence after the cardinal’s death, Pope Francis said he wanted to offer “a prayer of thanksgiving for the life and pastoral commitment of this well-deserving minister of the Gospel.”

‘“Jesus I trust in you’ — this episcopal motto guided his life and ministry,” the pope said. The motto is taken from St. Faustina Kowalka’s Divine Mercy devotion.

“With trust in divine mercy,” the cardinal fulfilled his ministry “as a father to the priests and faithful entrusted to his care,” the pope said. “In a period of political and social transformations that were not easy, he guided the church in Krakow with wisdom,” working to promote respect for the dignity of every person and for the good of the church community as Poland transitioned from communist rule to democracy.

“I am grateful that providence made it possible for me to visit him during by recent trip to Krakow,” the pope continued.

The cardinal suffered greatly at the end of his life, Pope Francis said, “but even in this trial, he remained a faithful witness of trusting in the goodness and mercy of God. That is how he will stay in my memory and prayer.”

Just a few months after becoming pope, St. John Paul handpicked Cardinal Macharski to succeed him as archbishop of Krakow. The late pope personally ordained him a bishop on the feast of Epiphany, Jan. 6, 1979, and named him to the College of Cardinals six months later.

Franciszek Macharski was born May 20, 1927. During World War II, when the city was under German occupation, he worked as a menial laborer, according to his Vatican biography. After the war, he entered the Krakow seminary and studied theology at Jagiellonian University. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1950.

After six years of parish work, he was sent to Fribourg, Switzerland, to earn his doctorate in pastoral theology. Returning to Krakow, he was named spiritual director of the seminary and taught pastoral theology. He became rector of the seminary in 1970. As a canon of the cathedral, he accompanied then-Archbishop Karol Wojtyla on trips to Canada, the United States, France, Germany and Italy.

He retired as archbishop of Krakow in June 2005.

Cardinal Macharski’s death leaves the College of Cardinals with 211 members, 112 of whom are under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave.

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