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Famous peace activist and poet Daniel Berrigan passes away

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Published on 1 May 2016 9:34 AM GMT

Famous peace activist and poet Daniel Berrigan passes away
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New York: Father Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and a peace activist, has died at the age of 94 at Murray Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care community in New York City. Father Berrigan emerged as a radical Catholic voice against the war in 1960.

  • Father Daniel and his younger brother with many other activist entered a draft-board in Catonsville, Maryland in May and seized draft records of young men about to be shipped out off Vietnam.
  • The pair and other activists burned the files in the rubbish bins.
  • They were convicted on federal charges of destroying government property.
  • Before being arrested they went into hiding themselves.
  • He continued his Peace activism till 80s, founding the anti-nuclear weapons Plowshares Movement in 1980.
  • Father Berrigan also protested against the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq .
  • He took part in Wall street movement in New York's Zuccotti Park at the age of 92.

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About Father Berrigan Daniel

  • Father Daniel was born into a German-Irish family in Minnesota and joined the Jesuit order in 1939.
  • He authered more than 50 books.
  • He also wrote a play 'The Trial of The Catonsville nine'.

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