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Bishop Emeritus of Belgaum Ignatius Lobo Laid to Rest

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BELLARY, Feb 18: Bishop Emeritus of Belgaum diocese, Ignatius  Lobo was laid to rest today at Belgaum.

Bishop Lobo passed away in Dharwad on Wednesday, February 17.  He was residing at the Clergy Home, Lourdes Hospital at the time of his death.


Bishop Lobo was born on 27th April, 1919 at Bombay.¬† He pursued all his studies, secular and ecclesiastical, in the city of Bombay. He matriculated from the Antonio D’Souza High School, Byculla and completed his ecclesiastical studies with Honours in Humanities, Philosophy and Theology at the Diocesan Seminary, Bombay.


Rev. Fr. Ignatius Lobo was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Bombay, on 27th December, 1947, at Gloria Church, Byculla by His Eminence, the late Valerian, Cardinal Gracias.¬† He served as Cardinal’s secretary from 1953 to 1961.¬† He served as the Director of Catholic Charities (CARITAS) India from 1962 to 1974.¬† He was nominated Director-General of Caritas India, New Delhi which he served from 1974 to 1977.¬† He was a member of the Executive Council of Caritas Internationalis and was the Vice-President of this international organization representing Asia and Oceania from 1970 to 1978.


Msgr. Ignatius Lobo was appointed as the third Bishop of Belgaum, by His Holiness Pope Paul VI and consecrated on Pentecost Sunday, 2nd June, 1968 at the Fatima Cathedral, Belgaum.  He was consecrated by Valerian Cardinal Gracias.  He served the Diocese of Belgaum for 27 years.  His resignation was accepted on 1st December, 1994. 


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