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Former Visakhapatnam Archbishop Mariadas passes away

He was a priest for 56 years and a bishop for 40 years.

Retired Archbishop Kagithapu Mariadas

Retired Archbishop Kagithapu Mariadas of Visakhapatnam passed away on Feb 26 at 2.30pm at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Visakhapatnam. He was ill for the last two months. He was 81.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Feb 28, at 10am at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Gnanapuram Visakhapatnam.

Archbishop Mariadas was born on 7 September, 1936 in Gnanapuram in Visakhapatnam Diocese. He was ordained a priest on 10 June 1961 in the Congregation of Missionaries of Francis de Sales.

Pope Paul VI appointed him as the fourth Bishop of Guntur on 19 December 1974 and ordained as Bishop on 5 May 1977 by Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy. Pope John Paul II appointed him as the Bishop of Visakhapatnam on 10 September 1982 and was installed as bishop on 26 January 1983. With the elevation of Visakhapatnam as Archdiocese on 16 October 2001, he was appointed its Archbishop.

Before becoming a prelate, Archbishop Mariadas was a professor at St. Peter's Seminary in Bangalore.

On 3 July 2012, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam. For last five years he was staying at Jubilee Home.

He was a priest for 56 years and a bishop for 40 years.


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