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Abp Daniel Acharuparambil of Verapoly Passes Away

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NEW DELHI, OCT. 26, 2009 (CBCI News): Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil (70), Archbishop of Verapoly and President of Kerala Bishops Conference, passed away this morning around 11 am.

The funeral is on wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 3.30 pm at the St Francis Aussisi Cathedral, Verapoly Archdiocese.

The late archbishop was a member of Discalced Carmelite Order, Manjummel Province, Kerala, India. He was born in Palliport, in Kerala, on May 12, 1939.

He joined the Carmelite order at Ernakulam in May 1956. He completed his philosophy and theology courses at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye and was ordained priest on March 14, 1966. He acquired a bachelor-degree in Economics, Licentiate in Philosophy and a Master-degree in Indian Philosophy from University of Kerala, Pontifical Athenaeum in Poona and Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi respectively.

In 1972 he started teaching at Pontifical University of Urbaniana (P.U.U), Rome. He was awarded a Ph. D from Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome in 1978.

In 1986 he became Dean of the Faculty of Missiology at P. U. U. From 1988 to 1994, ie for two terms, he also served as rector magnificus at P. U. U.

Archbishop was the consulter of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue for 5 years since 1990. He was also consulter of the Congregation for Evangelization of the Peoples and a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Diologue.

On August 5, 1996 he was nominated Archbishop and was consecrated at Ernakulam on November 3, 1996 by His Eminence Josef Cardinal Tomko, the then Prefect of Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Rome. The same day he received the Pallium.


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