Funerals and memorial services

In this Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 photo, Rev. William Tourigny, 66, pastor of St. Rose de Lima Parish, in Chicopee, Mass., arranges vestments while preparing to offer Mass at the Catholic church. When Tourigny was ordained in 1980, the Springfield diocese had more than 300 priests serving 136 parishes. Since then, the ranks of priests have shrunk by more than half and nearly 60 of the parishes have closed. For Tourigny, it's meant many more funerals to handle, including dozens related to drug overdoses and heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 09, 2019 - 12:13 pm
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under...
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2019 Nobel Prize laureate in literature Peter Handke speaks at a press conference at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday Dec. 6, 2019. (Anders Wiklund/TT via AP)
December 09, 2019 - 6:23 am
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo and Albania say they will boycott the Nobel Literature Prize ceremony Tuesday to protest the award being given to Austrian writer Peter Handke who both countries link to the war in the former Yugoslavia. Handke was an opponent of NATO's airstrikes against Serbia in...
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Veterans take place on the Alexandre III bridge as France prepares to pay homage to the 13 French soldiers killed in Mali, Monday Dec.2, 2019 in Paris. In its biggest military funeral in decades, France is honoring 13 soldiers killed when their helicopters collided over Mali while on a mission fighting extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
December 02, 2019 - 5:03 am
PARIS (AP) — In its biggest military funeral in decades, France is honoring 13 soldiers killed when their helicopters collided over Mali while on a mission fighting extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group. A few thousand people — veterans, uniformed military units and ordinary residents...
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Relatives of Bui Thi Nhung weep next to Nhung's casket at the family home on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 in the village of Do Thanh, Vietnam. The body of 19-year old Nhung was among the last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month that were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
November 30, 2019 - 3:48 am
DO THANH, Vietnam (AP) — The last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. Photos by the official Vietnam News Agency showed the arrival at the Hanoi airport of 16 bodies and seven urns, which had...
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People carry clothes and other supplies distributed by authorities in Thumane, western Albania, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. The operation to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania's deadly earthquake was winding down Friday as the death toll climbed to 49. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
November 29, 2019 - 8:42 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The operation to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania's deadly earthquake was winding down Friday, with rescue crews limiting their efforts to a collapsed beachfront hotel in the port town of Durres as the death toll climbed to 49. Albanian, Serb and Montenegrin...
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Abdirahman Kahin, owner of Afro Deli, donate food to residents of the Cedar Riverside, following a fire on the 14th floor of a public housing high-rise in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Several people died and a few people were injured when the fire broke at the building in a heavily immigrant neighborhood of Minneapolis early Wednesday. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
November 28, 2019 - 7:04 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans to hold her funeral in Somalia. Five people died and three were injured in the early Wednesday morning blaze at the Cedar High Apartments located in a heavily immigrant...
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Relatives carry the coffin of Hoang Van Tiep to the church for a funeral ceremony Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 in Dien Chau, Vietnam. The 18-year old Tiep was among the 39 Vietnamese who died when human traffickers carried them by truck to England in October, and whose remains were among the 16 repatriated to their homeland Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
November 28, 2019 - 5:56 am
DIEN THINH, Vietnam (AP) — The village of Dien Thinh bid farewell Thursday to two of its sons, victims of a human trafficking tragedy unveiled last month when the bodies of 39 Vietnamese were discovered in a truck in England. Coffins with the bodies of cousins Nguyen Van Hung and Hoang Van Tiep...
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November 22, 2019 - 7:46 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Preliminary investigations show that a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while her family held her funeral. The statement by the African Union mission said Almaas Elman was...
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A police officer points his gun at residents of Delmas 95 district during a protest to demanding the resignation of Haiti's president Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. At least four people were shot and wounded during a small protest in Haiti’s capital after a speech by embattled President Jovenel Moise. A local journalist, a police officer and two protesters were rushed away with apparent bullet wounds. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
November 19, 2019 - 11:39 am
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Wails have filled a church in Haiti during funeral services for five people killed in anti-government protests. Among those killed was 15-year-old Jasmine Pierre. Her father told The Associated Press that she was hit inside their home by a stray bullet when police began...
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Children cry during a burial service for Rhonita Miller and four of her young children who were murdered by drug cartel gunmen, at the cemetery in Colonia Le Baron, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. The bodies of Miller and four of her children were taken in a convoy of pickup trucks and SUVS, on the same dirt-and-rock mountainous road where they were killed Monday, for burial in the community of Colonia Le Baron in Chihuahua state. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
November 08, 2019 - 7:41 pm
COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — U.S. citizens living in a small Mexican farming community established by their Mormon ancestors are trying to decide whether they should stay or leave after burying some of the nine American women and children slaughtered this week in a drug cartel ambush. What had...
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