Deaths Elsewhere

December 18, 2004

Agnes Mary Mansour, 73, who gave up her religious vows rather than resign as Michigan's welfare director in a showdown with the Vatican over abortion, died Friday.

Controversy arose in the 1980s over her role as a nun and as head of an agency that oversaw Medicaid funding for abortions for low-income women. The Vatican told Mansour to either resign as director of the agency or be dismissed from the Sisters of Mercy.

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