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As funeral liturgies for William Benedict Friend take place around 14 April 2015, we remember him in our prayers. He was a Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture for two terms, serving from 1998 to 2008.

A diocesan bishop and man of science, he brought his insights to our reflections with humility and intelligence, humour and clarity, backed by research and conviction, always placing trust in others and hope in the future. 

Some of the papers he delivered at Council events are available here:  

The Challenge for the Pastor and the Faithful of Secularised Countries. The prerequisites for Dialogue and the Evangelisation of Cultures (Plenary 2000)

The Culture and Religion of "Generation X" Catholics (Plenary 1997)

Experience as Basis for Pastoral Interaction (Plenary 1994)

See also "Handing on the faith in the context of the contemporary scientific mind-set" in La Cultura en el Horizonte de la Transmision del Evangelio, Mexico, 111-124.

Towards a new dialogue between the World of Science and the Church, in Culture, Incroyance et Foi, Nouveau dialogue. √Čtudes r√©unies en hommage au Cardinal Paul Poupard, edizioni studium - Roma, 511-520.

Born October 22, 1931 in Miami, Florida, Bishop Friend was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Mobile, Alabama on May 7, 1959. After lengthy service as a parish priest and pastoral research specialist, Fr. Friend was named as Auxiliary Bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1979, becoming Bishop of Alexandria in 1983.  Under the direction of St. John Paul II, Bishop Friend founded the Diocese of Shreveport in July 1986 and remained Bishop of that diocese until his retirement in 2006 after 47 years of active priesthood, 36 of those years serving as a bishop.