Famous peace activist and poet Daniel Berrigan passes away
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.
- 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'.