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Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association cult leader Supreme Master Ruben Ecleo Jr. dead...

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1140195

Son of Ruben Ecleo b. 1934 d. 1987, called the Divine Master, Ecleo Jr. was serving a life sentence in jail for killing his wife in 2002.

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Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan, Catholicos-Patriach Cicilia since 2015 dead at 86.

 

Also thought I'd make a list of some of the most influential 20st and 21st century religious leaders, monarchs not included (only 70+ people included, plus younger ones with health and other issues) Most of the names from Wikipedia's list:

 

Buddhism

Tenzin Gyatso (b. 1935) 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet.

Thích Nhất Hạnh (b. 1926) Engaged buddhist leader, Plum Village Tradition founder.

Ariyavongsagatanana IX (b. 1927) Supreme Patriarch of Thailand.

Daisaku Ikeda (b. 1928) 3rd President of Soko Gakkai, SGI President.

Einosuke Akiya (b. 1930) 5th President of Soko Gakkai.

Minoru Harada (b. 1941) 6th and current President of Soko Gakkai.

 

 

Hinduism

Swaroopanand Saraswati (b. 1924) Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath, Badrinath and Dwarka Sharada Peetham, Dwarka.

Swami Nischalanand Saraswati (b. 1943) Shankaracharya of Govardhan Math, Puri.

Bharathi Tirtha (b. 1951) Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri.

Mahant Swami Maharaj (b. 1933) Guru and President of BAPS.

Jayapataka Swami (b. 1949) Vaishnava Sami, ISKCON religious leader.

Swami Smaranananda (b. 1929) Ramakrishna Mission 16th President.

 

 

Christianity

Catholicism:

Francis (b. 1936) Current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Benedict XVI (b. 1927) Former Pope (2005-2013) of the Roman Catholic Church.

Bechara Boutros al-Rahi (b. 1940) 77th Marionite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch.

Wiktor Wysoczański (b. 1939) Polish Catholic Church Bishop Superior.

Eastern Orthodoxy:

Bartholomew I (b. 1940) 270th Ecumencial Patriarch of Constantinople.

Anastasios of Albania (b. 1929) Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania.

Neophyte of Bulgaria (b. 1945) Patriarch of Bulgaria and Metropolitan of Sofia.

Chrysostomos II of Cyprus (b. 1941) Archbishop of Nova Justiana and All Cyprus.

Ilia II of Georgia (b. 1933) Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia.

Ieronymos II of Athens (b. 1938) Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.

Herman (Swaiko) (b. 1931) Former Archbishop of Washington and New York.

Sawa (Hrycuniak) (b. 1938) Archbishop of Warsaw and Metropolitan of All Poland.

Kirill of Moscow (b. 1946) Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus'.

Leo Makkonen (b. 1948) Archbishop of Helsinki and All Finland.

Filaret (b. 1929) Patriach of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate.

Daniel (Nushiro) (b. 1938) Archbishop of Tokyo

Oriental Orthodoxy:

Aram I (b. 1947) Catholicos of Cicilia, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Tawadros II (b. 1952) Pope of Alexandria.

Abune Mathias (b. 1941) Co-Patriarch and Catholicos of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

Paulose II (1946-2021) Catholicos of the East, Malankara Metropolitan.

Other:

Leith Anderson (b. 1944) President of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Billy Kim (b. 1934) Former Baptist World Alliance President.

Mark Hanson (b. 1946) Former Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Munib Younan (b. 1950) Bishop Emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.

Andres Põder (b. 1949) Former Archbishop of Tallinn.

Jukka Paarma (b. 1942) Former Archbishop of Turku and Finland.

John Vikström (b. 1931) Paarma's predecessor.

K. G. Hammar (b. 1943) Former Archbishop of Uppsala and Primate of the Church of Sweden.

Gunnar Weman (b. 1932) Hammar's predecessor.

Anders Wejryd (b. 1948) As above.

Gerald B. Kieschnick (b. 1943) Former LCMS President.

H. George Anderson (b. 1932) Former Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Jan Paulsen (b. 1935) Former Seventh-day Adventists leader.

Ted N. C. Wilson (b. 1950) Current Seventh-day Adventists leader.

George Carey (b. 1935) Former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Rowan Williams (b. 1950) Former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Peter Carnley (b. 1937) Former Primate of Australia.

Michael Peers (b. 1934) Former Primate of Canada.

Peter Kwong (b. 1936) Former Archbishop of Hong Kong.

Paul Kwong (b. 1950) Former Archbishop of Hong Kong.

Frank Griswold (b. 1937) Former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Louis Falk (b. 1935) Former Anglican Church of America Primate.

María Luisa Piraquive (b. 1949) Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International leader and co-founder.

Gewargis III (b. 1941) Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.

Teodosius Mar Thoma (b. 1949) 22nd Mar Thoma Metropolitan.

Russell M. Nelson (b. 1924) 17th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

James T. Draper Jr. (b. 1935) Former Southern Baptist Convention President.

Charles Stanley (b. 1932) Former Southern Baptist leader.

Robert Barney Dallenbach (b. 1927) Former Pillar of Fire leader.

Joseph Tkach Jr. (b. 1951) Former Grace Communion International leader.

Konrad Raiser (b. 1938) Former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.

 

 

Islam

Shia:

Ali Khamenei (b. 1939) Supreme Leader of Iran.

Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim (1934-2021) Twelver Marja.

Muhammad al-Fayed (b. 1930) Twelver Marja.

Ali al-Sistani (b. 1930) Twelver Marja.

Naser Makarem Shirazi (b. 1927) Twelver Marja.

Hossein Wahid Khorasani (b. 1921) Twelver Marja.

Loftollah Safi Golpaygani (b. 1919) Twelver Marja.

Mufaddal Saifuddin (b. 1946) Da'i al-Mutlaq.

Aga Khan IV (b. 1936) Imam of Nizari Ismaili Shia Islam.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi (b. 1982) Houthi leader, strong chance of dying in a bomb strike etc.

Sunni:

Ilyas Qadri (b. 1950) Dawat-e-Islami founding leader

Muhammad Taqi Usmani (b. 1943) Deobandi Sheikh ul-Islam.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi (b. 1926) Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

Other:

Ma'ruf Amin (b. 1943) Spiritual Leader of Nahdlatul Ulama.

Khalifatul Masih V. (b. 1950) Ahmadiyya Caliph.

Louis Farrakhan (b. 1933) Head of the Nation of Islam.

Fethullah Gulen (b. 1941) Leader of the Gulen movement.

 

 

Judaism and related

Yisrael Meir Lau (b. 1937) Former Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv.

Shlomo Amar (b. 1948) Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel.

Israel Weiss (b. 1949) Former Chief Military Rabbi of the Israel Defence Forces.

Eric Yoffie (b. 1947) Former President of the Union for Reform Judaism.

David Rosen (b. 1951) Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland.

 

Other

William G. Sinkfold (b. 1946) Former Unitarian Universalist Association President.

Atsuko Ikeda (b. 1931) Jinja Honcho Chairperson.

Diane Hegarty (b. 1942) Co-founder of the Church of Satan.

Heber Jentzsch (b. 1935) President of the Church of Scientology International.

Li Hongzhi (b. 1951/1952) Leader-Founder of Falun Gong.

Other cult leaders:

Vissarion (b. 1961) Leader of the Church of the Last Testament.

Ryuho Okawa (b. 1956) CEO and founder of Happy Science.

Raël (b. 1946) Raëlian movement leader/founder.

Marshall Vian Summers (b. 1949) New Message from God founder

Doomsday cult leaders, excluding terrorists:

Credonia Mwerinde (b. 1952) Ugandan Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God leader.

Fumihiro Joyu (b. 1962) Hikari no Wa founder.

Don Alden Adams (b. ca. 1925) Jehovah's Witnesses leader.

Karen Zerby (b. 1946) The Family International leader.

Dwight D. York (b. 1945)  Nuwaubian Nation leader.

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Quite a bad day for islamic scholars:

 

Hichem Djait, Tunisian islamic scholar and award winning historian has died aged 85. Notable works include The Great Fitna (1989) and The Life of Muhammad (2001-2012).

 

Mufti Faizul Waheed, Indian islamic scholar who translated the Quran to Gojri language also died today at 56 from multiple organ failure. He had COVID before and was treated for pneumonia. Apparently a respected figure.

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1 hour ago, arghton said:

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/mizoram-ziona-chana-head-of-world-largest-family-dies-at-76-1814359-2021-06-13

Ziona, christian polygamy cult leader and more importantly the head of the world's biggest family (39 wives, 94 children, 33 grandchildren and one great grandchild) dead at 76.

 

 

Only one great grandchild is a pretty poor show from that lot.

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On 06/06/2021 at 01:50, alt obits guy said:

T. B. Joshua, a charismatic Nigerian pastor, televangelist and philanthropist, has died.  He was 57.

 

https://gazettengr.com/breaking-prophet-t-b-joshua-is-dead/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost

 

 

Just been buried. TB Joshua: Nigerian televangelist buried in Lagos - BBC News

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On 25/05/2021 at 19:17, arghton said:

Paulose II (b. 1946) Catholicos of the East, Malankara Metropolitan.

 

Paulose II dead from cancer.

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6 hours ago, Youth in Asia said:

How does one get a job as a mufti?

You cross the road.

 

Wait....that's getting a job as Tufty. (Kids won't get the reference, but I WILL get my coat).

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absattar_Derbisali

Now Absattar Derbisali, Kazakhstan's grand mufti 2000-2013 has died aged 73.

 

 

I should make a small list of these, as a lot of them seem to be dying lately...

 

Ahmad Al-Khalili (b. 1942) Grand Mufti of Oman, old frail guy who walks with a cane and seems to be asleep in some pictures of him.

Taj El-Din Hilaly (b. ca. 1941) "Grand Mufti of Australia and New Zealand" according to some from 1992 to 2007. "Controversial" (asshole), sometimes hospitalized.

Osman Nuhu Sharubutu (b. 1919) Chief Imam of Ghana. Ancient.

Sheikh Abubakr Ahmad A. P. Aboobacker Musliyar (b. 1930/1939) Grand Mufti of India since 2019.

Othman Battikh (b. 1941) Grand Mufti of Tunisia, appointed by late dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2008.

Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh (b. 1943) Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia since 1999. Blind, looks like a reanimated corpse and also "controversial"

Sadiq Al-Ghariani (b. 1942) Grand Mufti of Libya since 2012. On a terrorism watchlist and says that suicide bombings are permitted by sharia law. Also looks like a corpse.

Ibrahim Ibn Saleh al-Hussaini (b. 1938) Grand Imam of Nigeria, old and overweight.

 

15th of August 2021 additions:

Abdul Aziz Juned (b. 1941) State Mufti of Brunei since 1994.

Allahshukur Pashazadeh (b. 1949) Grand Mufti of the Caucasus since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This includes Azerbaijan, Georgia and parts of Russia (Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Karachay–Cherkessia and Adygea)

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19 minutes ago, alt obits guy said:

Guy Herbulot, bishop of Évry–Corbeil-Essonnes from 1978 to 2000, has died. He was 96. 

 

https://actu.fr/societe/essonne-deces-de-mgr-guy-herbulot-eveque-emerite-du-diocese-d-evry-corbeil-essonnes_43857572.html

(French language obit)

Dull day, sir, dull day.

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Tomé Ferreira da Silva, 60-year old bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of São José do Rio Preto (around 700,000 members) has been removed from his position by Pope Francis after a scandal.

The scandal? da Silva masturbated on camera during what was apparently a video call with another man and a video of this was leaked as revenge porn. Also failed to investigate priests accused of sexual abuse towards children.

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Shah Ahmad Shafi's (1916-2020) successor as the amir of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, Junaid Babunagari (1953-2021) not as immortal as his predecessor:

https://www.thedailystar.net/news/bangladesh/news/hefajat-amir-junaid-babunagari-dies-ctg-hospital-2155986

 

Suffered a stroke a couple of hours ago, died on the way to the hospital. He was 67.

Apparently had been suffering from heart disease, kidney diseases and diabetes. Who's next from the group, Nurul Islam Jihadi or Muhibbullah Babunagari? Both look horrible.

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On 25/05/2021 at 21:17, arghton said:

Islam

 

Shia:

Ali Khamenei (b. 1939) Supreme Leader of Iran.

Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim (b. 1934) Twelver Marja.

Muhammad al-Fayed (b. 1930) Twelver Marja.

Ali al-Sistani (b. 1930) Twelver Marja.

Naser Makarem Shirazi (b. 1927) Twelver Marja.

Hossein Wahid Khorasani (b. 1921) Twelver Marja.

Loftollah Safi Golpaygani (b. 1919) Twelver Marja.

Mufaddal Saifuddin (b. 1946) Da'i al-Mutlaq.

Aga Khan IV (b. 1936) Imam of Nizari Ismaili Shia Islam.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi (b. 1982) Houthi leader, strong chance of dying in a bomb strike etc.

https://alahadnews.net/231602/العراق/محليات/

Dead. Most senior Shia cleric in Iraq after al-Sistani.

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