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Cardinal Varkey C.Ss.R., RIP...

 

Father General, Michael Brehl,

is saddened to announce to the Congregation the death of

+Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, C.Ss.R.

Major Archbishop of Ernakulam Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Church

Cardinal-Priest of Saint Bernardo alle Terme

Cardinal Varkey passed away today, Friday, April 1, 2011

 

Requiescat in pace

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Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, C.SS.R., was born on 29 May 1927 in Parur, India. He was ordained for the Redemptorists on 12 June 1954 and held a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.

For 25 years he taught canon law at the Redemptorists' major seminary in Bangalore. He also served as Provincial for India and Sri Lanka (1978-84), President of the Conference of Religious, India (1984-85) and Apostolic Administrator of the Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery in Bangalore (1990-96).

On 11 November 1996 he was appointed titular Archbishop of Acrida (since 19 April 1997, of  Antinoe) and Apostolic Administrator of the vacant see of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars, receiving episcopal ordination from the Holy Father on 6 January 1997.

On 18 December 1999 he was appointed Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly for Syro-Malabars.

President of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church. He was also President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI),  from February 2008 to February 2010.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 February 2001, given the titular church of S. Bernardo alle Terme (St. Bernard at the Baths).

May Cardinal Varkey enjoy the eternal reward promised to the sons of St. Alphonsus and to such a faithful servant of the Church!