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Former Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy.

Former Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy.

TWO remarkable Catholic leaders have been praised for their compassion, wisdom and kindness.

Cardinal Edward Clancy and Bishop Edmund (Ted) Collins have been remembered after their deaths with affection and love by friends, family and colleagues.

Cardinal Edward Clancy of Sydney was laid to rest after a Mass of Christian burial at St Mary’s Cathedral on August 9.

Cardinal Clancy, who served as Sydney’s seventh archbishop from 1983 to 2001, died in a nursing home in Randwick on August 3, aged 90.

Bishop Collins, who was the Bishop of Darwin for 21 years, died aged 83 on August 8.

Bishop Collins died at the St Joseph’s Aged Care Home in Kensington in Sydney.

He was bishop of Darwin between 1986 and 2007.

“He was a man of great kindness and pastoral gifts, much loved not only by members of his own faith, but by all who came in contact with him,” Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley said.

Bishop Hurley said Bishop Collins had been declining in health over recent months.

“A Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral, Darwin, and Bishop Ted’s body will be laid to rest in the crypt of the cathedral,” he said.

Bishop Ted Collins

Bishop Ted Collins

The date of the funeral had not been finalised at the time of going to print.

Wollongong Bishop Peter Ingham remembered Cardinal Clancy as “dedicated, hardworking and humble”.

“An archbishop who was a man of integrity and self-discipline, determined, even-handed, who discharged his responsibilities conscientiously, in fact with an overwhelming sense of duty,” he said.

“The cardinal had a refined sense of humour and a dry wit.”

Bishop Ingham highlighted many of Cardinal Clancy’s achievements as archbishop, including overseeing the creation of the Broken Bay and Paramatta dioceses in 1986, forming Australian Catholic University and setting up the Catholic Institution of Sydney.

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