Bishops seek government help in probing priest’s death

Fr. Xavier was the parish priest of the St Francis Xavier's Church in Scotland, and was also pursuing his studies simultaneously.

Father Martin Xavier
New Delhi: 

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) has urged the federal government to facilitate a probe into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a Catholic priest last week in the United Kingdom.

The CBCI has requested the Minister for External Affairs to facilitate the prob "into the circumstances surrounding the death” of Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira, said Father Joseph Chinnayyan, Deputy Secretary General of the conference.

The bishops are “deeply saddened at the tragic death” of the priest a member of the Carmelite of Mary Immaculate order who was currently serving in the Diocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland, Father Chinnayyan said.

The 33-year-old Keralite priest was found dead on a Scottish beach June 23, four days after he went missing from his residence.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday expressed condolences on the priest's death and asked the Consulate General of India in Edinburgh to provide help.

A message about the death of Martin Xavier Vazhachira, belonging to the CMI Congregation, was received by the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate provincial in Thiruvananthapuram from the Archbishop of St Andrews in Edinburgh, on Saturday.


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