Thalassery: Body of the first bishop of Thalassery
Archdiocese Sebastian Valloppilly who dedicated
his life for the uplift of the migrated Christian
families of Malabar region in Kerala, was
cremated at St Joseph Cathedral here as people
from various walks of life bid a tearful adieu
to the departed soul.
year old Valloppilly, who passed away at a
private hospital due to old age related ailments
on Tuesday 4th April 2006, was cremated at
the church this afternoon with thousands converging
here to pay their last respects to the departed
cremation ceremony that began at 1000 hours
was led among others by Thamarassery Bishop
Paul Chittilappilly Varkey Vithayathil and
the present bishop of the Archdioces George
Valiamattam. A condolence message of Pope
Benedict XVI was read out at the function.
influenced by Gandhian values, Valloppilly
always stressed the importance of leading
a simple life through his works and deeds
and was in the forefront in the struggle supporting
anti-liquor movement in the region.
his long stint as bishop, Valloppilly was
the bishop of the Thalassery Archdiocese ever
since it was set up in 1953, for 35 long years.
He had been spending a retired life since
1989 here leading developmental and spiritual
works in the north Malabar region.
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