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Beltangady: Thousands Bid Tearful Adieu to Archbishop Dr Ambrose Madtha

Beltangady: Thousands Bid Tearful Adieu to Archbishop Dr Ambrose Madtha

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network - Beltangady (VM)


Beltangady, Dec 15: The mortal remains of papal envoy to Ivory Coast Archbishop Dr Ambrose Madtha, who passed away in a tragic accident at Ivory Coast, were laid to rest at Holy Redeemer Church, Beltangady here on Saturday December 15, amidst a solemn gathering of nearly 3,500 people.

Dr Ambrose Madtha was laid to rest inside the Church premises.

The funeral Mass was led by Apostolic Nuncio of India Salvatore Pennacchio with bishop of Mangalore Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza as the concelebrant.

Auxiliary bishop of Delhi Archdiocese Dr Franco Mulakkal read out the message by Pope Benedict XVI.

In the message, the Pope said that as an Archnbishop Dr Madtha had put in good efforts to promote peace and unity. "We have lost a gem of a person. The Church has lost a good ambassador," the message stated.

The Nuncio in his sermon said that Dr Madtha was his good friend and that he was saddened by the incident. "I am here to represent Pope Benedict XVI. I am thankful to the representatives of Ivory Coast who have come all the way," he said.

"Life and death are god's desire, and now we are offering Dr Madtha to god," he added.

Condolence messages were also conveyed by Mangalore bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza, Dr Madtha's family member Wilson Madtha, Beltangady parish council vice-president Fr Vincent Madtha, Lucknow bishop Dr Gerald Mathias and Ivory Coast foreign minister Charles Koffi Diby.

Ivory Coast minister of social affairs Anne Desiree Oulopo, president of Episcopal Conference Dr Alexis Touabli Youlo and Archbishop of Abidjan Dr Jean-Pierre Kutwa were among the delegates present.

Bishop Lawrence Mukkuzhy of Beltangady, Bishop Dr Oswald Lewis of Jaipur, Bishop Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo of Udupi, Bishop Dr Anthony Swamy of Chikmagalur, Bishop Geevarghese Mar Divannasios of Puttur, were among the other bishops present.

Among the priests present were Fr Francis Rodrgues, Fr Denis Prabhu, Fr William Menezes, Fr Ritesh Rodrigues, Fr Alfred Pinto, Fr Simon D'Souza, Fr Anil D'Souza, Fr Gregory D'Souza, Fr Richard Lasrado, Fr James D'Souza, Fr Melvin Noronha, Fr Valerian Menezes, and Fr Andrew.

Earlier, a short prayer service was offered at the Bishop's House in Beltangady.

Oscar Fernandes and his wife Blossom, MLA Vasanth Bangera and others paid their last respects together with around 3,500 priests, nuns and laity who had gathered.


Earlier Report

Mangalore: Mortals Remains of Archbishop Ambrose Madtha Reach City

Pics: Brijesh Garodi
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (BG)

Mangalore, Dec 15: The mortal remains of papal envoy to Ivory Coast, Archbishop Ambrose Madtha, who was killed in an accident at Ivory Coast last week, arrived at Mangalore International Airport here on Saturday December 15.

The body was reached Mangalore by a special flight from Ivory Coast at around 1 pm, after a delay of about 24 hours due to a technical snag in the flight at Ethiopia.

Apostolic Nuncio of India Salvatore Pennacchio, Bangalore Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras, Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza of Mangalore, Bishop Dr Henry D'Souza of Bellary and a number of other priests received the mortal remains at the airport.

Bishops and foreign minister of Ivory Coast accompanied the body. A short prayer service was held before the ambulance left the premises.

An entourage of around 15 vehicles with bishops, priests and other officials accompanied the ambulance from Mangalore Airport to Beltangady where the last rites will be held. Tight police security was deployed.

A public homage that was scheduled at Mangalore on Friday December 13 had to be cancelled due to the delay in flight. A requiem Mass was offered at Rosario Cathedral by the Nuncio the same evening.

A Mass will be offered at Holy Redeemer Church, Beltangady in sometime from now. Live streaming of the Mass will be webcast on TvDaijiworld.



Comment on this article

  • Fousseny Koné, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (France)

    Mon, Dec 17 2012

    I'm speechless ... "With nothing I came out of my mother's body, and with nothing I will go back there the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away let the Lord's name be praised." JOB 1:21 REST IN PEACE Archbishop Dr Ambrose Madtha

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  • Mohamad Toure, Abidjan

    Mon, Dec 17 2012

    The lost of Dr Matha was a very brutal choc for all of us , this man was one of the reconciliation heart in my country. May God have mercy to his soul and from where he's now I' confident that I'll again be helpful. Dear Archibishop muslims, catholics, etcc from Cote D'Ivoire Will never stop to thank you for all .bye bye father

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  • Dr DIOMANDE , Abidjan

    Mon, Dec 17 2012

    May the almigthy bless him and accept his soul at thz in peace. Peace man

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  • Vallu, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 16 2012

    Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi Most Revd Franco Mulakkal was not present for the funeral of Most Revd Ambrose Madtha. The Papal Message was read by Msgr Marco, from the Apostolic Nunciature in Delhi. This is just for the accuracy of the report.

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  • Vincent Sequeira, Belthangady/Riyadh

    Sun, Dec 16 2012

    Archbishop Ambrose deserved the place to rest inside the church which he blessed during the inauguration only few months back. He was the distinguished son of our parish. We will remember him for his charismatic personality with humbleness & simplicity. While we console ourselves, we pray Almighty to give emotional & spiritual strength to his family members and to His servant Ambrose, eternal rest.


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  • Anil Thomas D'Silva, mangalore-afganistan

    Sun, Dec 16 2012


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  • Fr Praveen Amrith, Kundapur

    Sun, Dec 16 2012

    The great gift of God to the catholic church has gone back to the abode of God ! May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to the family members,diocese of Ivory coast, diocese of Lucknow, faithful of belthangady parish.

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  • Mervin SVD, Fajir,Mangalore/Nairobi, Kenya

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    Today the mortal remains of the late Papal Nuncio to Ivory Coast, His excellency Archbishop Ambrose Madtha were laid to rest in his native parish, in my home diocese Mangalore, India. The attendance of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) along with many Bishops and prominent dignitaries at the funeral service was a clear indication of the kind of friendship and collaboration that the Late Nuncio initiated and sustained in the pursuit of his ministry in Ivory Coast. He was a man of peace and prayer, fully imbued with the Divine spirit. The kind of extraordinary tributes he has been receiving, are a further testimony to the kind of persona and charismatic leader that he was. May his soul rest in eternal peace and may he enjoy eternal reward that awaits him from none other than the Giver of all life and goodness. May the same Lord give to our church many more such dynamic leaders who can uphold the dignity and sanity of our church before the world.
    The late Archbishop Madtha was a simple, caring and loving person. He was supposed to visit us in Nairobi, Kenya for a week from 10th to 17th of October, 2013. I had finalized his itinerary with him just two days before the Lord called him unto Himself from this world in a serious road crash. He was looking forward for this visit with great anticipation. With his sudden death, I lost a golden opportunity to meet a wonderful servant of God while he was here on Earth. However in faith we have the assurance that I can now keep a direct contact with him in heaven, from where he will never cease to intercede for us and send down showers of blessings.
    Dear Archbishop Madtha, you will live on in our hearts and memories. The many e-mails that we exchanged will continue to remain afresh in my memory for eternity and inspire me in my ministry. Until we meet in heaven, may you rest in eternal peace.
    Fr. Mervin John Noronha, SVD

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  • sisters of casagaia, mangalore

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    We are extremely sorry for a great loss to the church!May He rest in Peace !
    Sisters of Casa Gaia Convent , Nagori, Mangalore

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  • florine mathias, Salmara, Shankerpura

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    Dear Madtha family, and Bijja, the whole community of St. Francis convent shares your grief and we are with you. we are deeply moved and find no words to console you. We hold you up to God and pray for strength and courage to bear this pain. our memories are fresh when you visited us with your brothers.we continue to pray.

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  • Sr. Roshni Monteiro SCCG, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    May His soul rest in peace. Called by God to do His will let us pay our homage to God by submitting ourselves to His Holy will. Heartfelt condolence to all the family members.

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  • Lawrence & Fly, Parappu nakre road - karkala

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    May the soul of Archbishop Ambrose B. Though the Almighty God rest in peace…. Continuously we will remember you in our prayer.......

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