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Former Secretary General of CBCI Bishop Patrick D’Souza Passes Away; President Condoles Death

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altVARANASI, OCT 20: Bishop Emeritus of Varanasi and former Secretary General of CBCI Bishop Patrick D’Souza passed away at 915 am on Oct. 16 at Varanasi.

Condoling his death, President of CBCI Cardinal Baselios Cleemis wrote:

I was very sad to hear the demise of Bishop Patrick Paul D’Souza, Bishop Emeritus of Varanasi Diocese. My sincere condolence to the Priests, the Religious and the Faithful of the Diocese of Varanasi.

He not only served the Church of Varanasi for long time but also the entire Church of India in various capacities. He was an ardent missionary and worked strenuously for the growth of the Church especially at the very heart of religious beliefs of Hinduism.

His death is a real lose for the whole Church of India. He was an excellent preacher, a good administrator and possessed extraordinary skill of communication. A man with tremendous vision for the Church in India and he was instrumental in the establishment of NavSadhana Kala Kendra. Bishop Patrick was a priest of the diocese of Ajmer, and has served as the Deputy Secretary of the CBCI and later as Bishop, he was elected as the Secretary General of CBCI also the Chairman for the CBCI Commission for Social Communications, and has been influential in the founding of the National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training (NISCORT). 

Once again my sincere condolences! May the Lord reward him with beatific vision and his soul finds in the company of angels and saints.

 V Baselios Cardinal Cleemis


Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI)

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