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Philip Berrigan

Priest and anti-war activist

Philip Berrigan is ...


Born 5 October 1923 in Two Harbors
Died 6 December 2002 in Baltimore
Age 79 years, 2 months
Cause kidney cancer

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Sibling Daniel Berrigan
Occupation Catholic priest, activist and peace activist

About Philip Berrigan

Philip Berrigan: The Priest Who Fought for Peace

Philip Berrigan was a man of the cloth who dedicated his life to fighting for peace. Born on October 5, 1923, in Two Harbors, Minnesota, Berrigan was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1955. However, he soon became disillusioned with the church's stance on war and began to speak out against it.

Berrigan became an active participant in the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. He was one of the leaders of the Catonsville Nine, a group of activists who burned draft files in protest of the war. Berrigan and his fellow activists were arrested and sentenced to prison, but their actions inspired others to join the anti-war movement.

Berrigan continued to be a vocal opponent of war throughout his life. He was arrested numerous times for his activism, including a protest at the Pentagon in 1980. He also co-founded the Plowshares Movement, which advocates for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Berrigan's activism was not limited to the United States. He traveled to Iraq during the first Gulf War to serve as a human shield, and he also visited North Korea to promote peace.

Despite his many arrests and the controversy surrounding his activism, Berrigan remained committed to his cause. He once said, "If you want to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood." Berrigan died on December 6, 2002, at the age of 79.

Philip Berrigan's legacy lives on through the many people he inspired to fight for peace. His activism and dedication to his beliefs continue to inspire new generations of anti-war activists.


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- "Philip Berrigan." The Plowshares Movement. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2017.

- "Philip Berrigan, 79, Antiwar Activist and Ex-Priest, Dies." The New York Times. The New York Times, 7 Dec. 2002. Web. 28 Sept. 2017.

About Death

On December 6, 2002, Philip Berrigan died of liver and kidney cancer at the age of 79 at Jonah House in Baltimore. In a last statement, he said

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