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Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil is dead

Kochi, Apr 1 (PTI) Indian Cardinal of Syro Malabar Catholic church and Major Archbishop of the Ernakulam-Angamally archdiocese Mar Varkey Vithayathil today died at a private hospital here, church sources said.

The Cardinal (84) suffered a major cardiac arrest while participating in a mass at the chapel of the Archbishop''s house this afternoon. He was rushed to a private hospital where doctors tried to revive him but failed.

He died at 2 PM, Catholic Church spokesperson Father Paul Thelekat told PTI.

After initial prayers at the Lisie hospital chapel, the cardinal''s body will be shifted to the mortuary at Little Flower hospital at Angamally.

All the Syro Malabar Bishops from Kerala are presently in Rome to meet the Pope. Such a meeting is held every five years, Thelekat said. Only after the return of the Bishops, the funeral date will be decided.

The authority of the Syro Malabar church vests with Curia Bishop Bosco Puthur.

Until the next Major Archbishop is elected by the Synod of Bishops, the administrative power will reside in the Curia Bishop, he said.

The Cardinal was not very active since the past one year after suffering a heart attack.


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# TELEGRAMMA DEL SANTO PADRE PER LA SCOMPARSA DELL’EM.MO CARD. VARKEY VITHAYATHIL, C.SS.R. , 01.04.2011 Wrote:THE RIGHT REVEREND MAR BOSCO PUTHUR
MAJOR ARCHEPARCHIAL CURIA
KAKKANAD

I WAS DEEPLY SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE DEATH OF CARDINAL VARKEY VITHAYATHIL, MAJOR ARCHBISHOP OF ERNAKULAM-ANGAMALY. I OFFER YOU, THE CLERGY, RELIGIOUS AND LAY FAITHFUL OF THE ENTIRE SYRO-MALABAR CHURCH MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND THE ASSURANCE OF MY PRAYERS. I RECALL WITH GRATITUDE THE CARDINAL’S DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO THE SYRO-MALABARS AND TO THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH. I JOIN YOU AND ALL WHO MOURN HIM, INCLUDING THE MEMBERS OF THE LATE CARDINAL’S FAMILY, IN COMMENDING HIS SOUL TO THE INFINITE MERCY OF GOD OUR LOVING FATHER. TO ALL ASSEMBLED FOR THE SOLEMN FUNERAL LITURGY, I CORDIALLY IMPART MY APOSTOLIC BLESSING AS A PLEDGE OF CONSOLATION AND STRENGTH IN THE LORD.

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI

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