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Thousands to attend Nagpur archbishop’s funeral

He was in New Delhi for the annual meeting of the Hindi Regional bishops’ council.

Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara of Nagpur
New Delhi: 

Some 5,000 people are expected to participate today in the funeral service of Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara of Nagpur, who died suddenly of a massive heart attack April 19.

The funeral service and last rites of Archbishop Abraham will begin at the SFS church compound, Mohan Nagar this after noon.

He died Thursday in Delhi while on a visit to the capital city and His body has been kept at the Pastoral Centre at Bishop’s house after it was brought back from Delhi by an aircraft.

“We are expecting a huge gathering of around 5,000 people from his native place in Kerala, from Khandwa and places around Nagpur,” said Father Lijo Thomas, PRO of the archdioceses of Nagpur.

Total 37 archbishops and two cardinal priests will be attending the funeral. “The body of archbishop will be brought to the church at 12pm and will be kept there till 3pm for people of other religions to pay respects,” Thomas said.

Church leaders such as Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of Syro Malankara Catholic Church, Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church are expected for the funeral.

“The relatives of the late archbishop will be the pall bearers up to halfway from the church after that the Diocesan Priests will take over," Thomas said.

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