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Anti-Vietnam war priest, Daniel Berrigan, dies at 94

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American priest and poet, Daniel Berrigan, famous for leading defiant protests against the Vietnam War, has died in New York aged 94.

Father Berrigan emerged as a radical Catholic voice against the war in the 1960s and won fame when he and his younger brother seized draft records of troops about to be deployed in Vietnam.

The pair and other Catholics burned the files in rubbish bins.

The brothers were convicted of destroying government property.
But when they were due to be sentenced, they went into hiding before eventually being arrested.

Released from prison in 1972, the left-leaning Father Berrigan continued his peace activism until in his 80s, founding the anti-nuclear weapons Plowshares Movement in 1980.

Father Berrigan also protested against the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and abortion.

He was even reported to have taken part aged 92 in the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York’s Zuccotti Park.

The priest was born into a German-Irish Catholic family in Minnesota and joined the Jesuit order in 1939, becoming ordained in 1952.

He authored more than 50 books, with his first volume of poetry, Time Without Number, winning the Lamont Prize in 1957. He also wrote a play, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.



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