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Bangalore: Fr K J Thomas of St Peter's Seminary murdered, archbishop condemns act

Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

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Bangalore, Apr 1: Archbishop of Bangalore Dr Bernard Moras has condoled the shocking demise of Fr K J Thomas, rector of St Peter's Pontifical Seminary, who was found murdered at the Seminary here on Monday April 1.

A media release signed by the archbishop stated:

"Today early morning I received the shocking and the sad news of the most brutal murder of Fr K J Thomas, Rector of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore in the early hours of 1st April. I immediately rushed to the Seminary to initiate the Investigation. The top police officials came to the spot and are investigating this murder case and, meanwhile, his body was taken to M S Ramaiah Hospital for post mortem.

This is the most heinous crime and I strongly condemn the murder of Fr K J Thomas who was a very pious, soft spoken and harmless priest. He was serving St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore as its Rector for the second term. His death is a great loss to all of us, especially to the seminary.

A Requiem Mass will be offered for the late Fr Thomas at St Peter’s Seminary Chapel, Bangalore on Tuesday, April 2 at 7.30 am before his mortal remains are moved to his diocese of Ootacamund. The funeral date, place and time will be decided by the Bishop of Ootacamund, in consultation with the family members of the deceased.

On behalf of the Board of Bishops, the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Bangalore and the other Catholic dioceses of Karnataka, I express my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and friends of the late Fr K J Thomas; to the Bishop, priests, religious and the faithful of the Diocese of Ootacamund; and to the staff and students of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary. Please pray for the repose of his soul, and consolation and strength to the bereaved family members to accept this irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace.

With God’s blessings,

Bernard Moras
Archbishop of Bangalore"


 

Earlier Report

Bangalore: Priest found murdered in seminary premises

Daijiworld Media Network – Bangalore (SP)

Bangalore, Apr 1: In a mysterious incident, the priest of a seminary in the city was found murdered in the premises of the seminary on Monday April 1 morning.

The body of Fr K J Thomas (65) was found lying in the St Peter's Pontifical Seminary premises in the morning.

It is suspected that he was killed at night and his body was shifted to a room by the culprits. Sources said that the murderers took advantage of the heavy rains that lashed Bangalore at night. Due to the rains, the security men were inside their quarters, which made it easier for the culprits.

The motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained.

There is information that the procurator of the seminary had heard some sounds and possible screaming at around 2.30 or 3 am. But it is said he did not venture out of his room. This fact gives rise to questions and speculations.

The attackers apparently hit the face of Fr Thomas with a brick to prevent him from raising an alarm. His body was forcibly dragged inside the dining room of the seminary. The circumstances suggest that the priest's end came there.

The seminary is located in Yeshwantpur in the city, near Yeshwantpur police station. It is said that Fr Thomas was on his second posting in the Seminary's training centre.

Local policemen, additional police commissioner Alok Kumar, and various leaders visited the church. Investigations are on.

Archbishop Bernard Moras, vicar general Fr Antonyswamy and other priests have been camping in seminary since morning.

Mild mannered, soft spoken Fr K J Thomas, hails from Ettumanoor in Kottayam diocese. He however opted the Ooty diocese. Fr K J has been serving as rector for a long time. With the language issue rocking archidiocese since last several years, Fr K J though a Malayalee, has been deftly and tactfully managing the seminary. Fr K J's popularity can be gauged from the fact that he has been serving as rector for the second term and liked by everybody for his affable and friendly nature. He has been serving seminary for some 30 years in different capacities.

Fr K J Thomas was to go to the airport today morning to receive his sister, who is a nun, coming from Pondicherry. The sister, who was surprised that repeated calls to Fr Thomas went unanswered, came from the airport to the seminary in an auto rickshaw, but she was asked to stay at the nearby convent as the policemen had already arrived and begun investigations.

According to some sources, unidentified assailants chased Fr Thomas, who was running for his life, and hit his face and head with bricks. It is as yet not certain whether he was stabbed or not. The attackers were so brutal that those who saw his body could not identify it initially.

The sources also guessed that the attackers would have come with the intention of committing theft there, as apparently they had ransacked the reception counter for keys and valuables.

It may be recalled that pro-kannada activists of Akhila Karnataka Catholic Chraistara Sangha with the support of some priests have been demanding that St Peter's Seminary should be declared an exclusive Kannada seminary and that its management should be entrusted only Bishops from Karnataka and not Tamilandu as is the present case.

Another version according to informed sources is that the intruders may have been after some valuable documents as Fr K J's room was ransacked. However, his laptop, iPad and other valuable gadgets were left untouched.

Fr K J's brother and nephew are expected to arrive from the US.

The body has been taken to M S Ramaiah Hospital for post-mortem and will be kept in the mortunary afterwards.

Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras has condemned the dastardly and most heinous act of murder of a pious, soft-spoken and mild mannered priest like Fr K J Thomas.

The archbishop said the details of the funeral like date and place will be decided by the bereaved family of Fr K J and the Ooty bishop.

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  • Vinitha Crasta, mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 5 2016

    yes...lot of jealousy and anger prevails inside the religious houses and this leads them to commit such acts... May the Lord grant hims eternal bliss and may the culprits be punished no matter if they are consecrated people...let justice be done...

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  • Xavier, Bangalore

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    Now the Criminals are inside the House. Pls Clean it up.

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  • Fr.Oswald Fernando, Tuticorin/mexico

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    I am shockingly surprised to read a oír TVE murder of Fr.Rector of my Alma Mater.May God grant him eternal rest! Andes corcove TVE murderers.I Was ordained priest in 1970.now i am a misionare Parish priest inMexic.Requesting your playera.

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  • Jai Sachith, Thrissur/Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    itz much more shocking that 2 priests were accused...

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  • Peter Roberts, Virajpet, Kodagu District, Karnataka

    Sun, Oct 13 2013

    May Rev.Fr.K.J.Thomas soul rest in peace. Let the persons who are responsible for this murder be published even if they are the catholic priests.

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  • Sr.Philo.Jose MSMI, Sulthan Bathery

    Fri, Jul 5 2013

    It was a shocking news for all and a great loss for the Church. Our Heartfelt condolence to the family members.May HIS soul rest in peace and pray for us.

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  • Fr. Shailesh Kerketta, Simdega Diocese

    Sat, Jun 1 2013

    Death of Fr. K.J Thomas shokhed me very badly. Lord! why do you call such a living icon of yours in your kingdom.........May his soul rest in peace

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  • Sagaya, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2013

    John 15 : 18
    18 “If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it that is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘Slaves are not greater than their master.’ If people persecuted me, they will persecute you too if they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours too. 21 But they will do all this to you because you are mine for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not come and spoken to them as it is, they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not done among them the things that no one else ever did as it is, they have seen what I did, and they hate both me and my Father. 25 This, however, was bound to happen so that what is written in their Law may come true: ‘They hated me for no reason at all.’

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  • Pushpesh Kumar, Bathinda, Punjab

    Fri, Apr 12 2013

    I had called up Father KJ Thomas, some time in 2009, for putting in a word for my son in connection with his admission to a local school. Not only he blessed my son, but also told me that he would be moving to Uttar Pradesh, but assured that I was free to call him.
    Shocked to learn about this...
    My his soul rest in peace.
    Pushpesh Kumar Sharma

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  • Francis.Fernandis, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 10 2013

    May his soul.rest in peace.I can not bear this news.I was not heard about him.Read the news next day.I read the comments of the people who knows him.Really it is very difficult to survive good person like him.He exactly represents our Lord Jesus chtist.He will be always remembered.We can makeout the attitude of the cristians by their comments.Peaceloving people.

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  • Sr. Isabell D'souza, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 9 2013

    Yes, Bangalore for a second, forgot to breathe, on hearing the shocking news. I have not met this priest but I gather that he was a great soul! THank God for such a good human! But the act I condemn.. There is jealousy, hatred, fear of being exposed, hunger for power & post, & revenge behind this dirty act of murder. I wish that those who prepared the scketch for his murder be punished... but I doubt would these culprits be ever be nabbed by our weak law bec they have money & influence to escape all such things. Its a pity such things are happening in the church. The laity are losing faith in the consecrated persons, failing to find Christ and values. It is a challenge for rest of the priests & religious to portray Christ in their life & actions. 'The Priest is dead, long live the priest!' may his spirit of riteousness and truth & justice live in the hearts of us. Amen

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  • Rajesh, ooty

    Wed, Apr 24 2013

    Dear Sr.
    i agree with your lines but risen christ open ways very soon to find people who behind the power,post & money will end up before Christ who has called him for glory will show things.. surely the people who did this and their generations will not come up in their life.......

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  • Josephite, Trichy

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    On seeing these words of your loved ones, I wish to be your student especially on your trinity classes Fr.

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  • Gaspar Savarimuthu, La Loche, SK., Canada

    Fri, Apr 5 2013

    Fr. K.J. Thomas, the Rector of St. Peter's Seminary was very friendly with me when I worked as teaching staff in 1993-1995. I was shocked and shaken when I received the news. The Risen Lord will grant him Everlasting Life. May his soul rest in peace. To the murderers let the words of our Lords be repeated "Father forgive them, they know not what they are doing"

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  • cresent, Kerala

    Thu, Apr 4 2013

    Fr. KJ THOMAS , our beloved Rector was indeed a person filled with love for Christ... and he lived and expressed this love among us his students. Dear Fr. K J YOU really inspire us...

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  • Fr. Cyril Fernandes, Calcutta

    Thu, Apr 4 2013

    Shocked to hear the heinous murder of Fr. K. J.Thomas,culprits must be brought to the books, thus truth has to be prevailed. satyameva jayathe.

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  • fr. prasanth, diocese of kurnool

    Thu, Apr 4 2013

    dear father, i heard you were good priest and may the good lord take you into his kingdom as he is well pleased with your life.

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  • sr.peria o. p, Rome

    Thu, Apr 4 2013

    It is too sad to hear such kind of news happening in our country.now a days people are killing human beings like animals.may God forgive the killers of Fr.Thomas,may his loved ones be stregnthened through his prayers in heaven.Fr.Thomas may your soul rest in the lord forever.

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  • Fr. Alex Carmel, Diocese of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

    Thu, Apr 4 2013

    Very hard to believe and hard to accept the brutality done to Fr. K.J. Thomas a man known for his kindness & Simplicity.I was his student and had a great time during his lectures.I miss u dear Father. May your soul rest in peace.

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  • sr. genny, manila/rome

    Thu, Apr 4 2013

    A peaceful and helpful priest like Fr. Thomas doesnt deserve a brutal death. May the justice of God rest upon him. I have been blessed to have been ministerd by you, thank you! Pls continue to pray for us, and for the conversion of the Church.

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  • Fr. Augustine Mundiath CMF, Wardha, Maharastra

    Thu, Apr 4 2013

    Shocked to hear the news of my friend! I find no meaning except in the cross of Christ
    You are with the Risen Lord!
    May your life inspire us!

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  • richard, coimbatore

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    He taught us how to be human in priestly life, but, his death is totally inhuman. Dear Fr. pray for us, as we believe Our Lord will grant Eternal Rest unto you right now.

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  • noelnic, Foxhill, UK

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    RiP Fr.K.J.Thomas. It's really a shocking death. A good man like you even not spared!!!!Atrocious act against a Godly man!!what is wrong with todays generations???? it is the time for us act against such kind of wrongdoings...

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  • Charles Antony, Jayanagar/Banglore

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    May the soul of Fr. Thomas rest in Peace. Fr. Thomas was a wonderful person, a role model for all seminarians and priests as well, a gentleman, deep sense of humor and above all a very humane in nature, the christian community has lost such a wonderful priest.

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  • A.Sagaya selvaraj, Pondicherry

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    Lord Jesus, let this father soul rest in peace.Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for thiers is the kingdom of heaven

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  • CECILLIA ANAND, BANGALORE

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    It is shocking news. The Priest is so soft and humble. His soul rest peacefully. The culprits whoever they are should be punished according to law.

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  • vimala DSouza,

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    May his soul rest in peace .Let us all hope and pray that the culprits are identified at the earliest, meanwhile , it is not right to cast aspersions or even express doubts on any person/s/organisation .

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  • Fr. B. Francis Xavier msfs, Kanangadu

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    It was with great shock and tears of pains I learned about one of the most brutal murder of one my favorite professors of theology. Dear Father, you were a person of great ideals and a friend to all. May the Risen Lord give you His glory of everlasting life.

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  • Felix, Pondicherry

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints" Psalm 116:15. Nothing more to say

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  • Gerold Brother, Bangalore- Yashwanthpure

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    It is really shocking and sad news to hear about a murder in the seminary. May His soul rest in peace.
    But makes our FAITH more strong to live for JESUS

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  • Fr.Pathros, Kerala,Tampa,USA

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    A man with a vision and mission. A priest with humility, commitment,and holiness.A well accepted Rector, able administrator and a scholarly professor for the seminarians. Fr.Thomas, we all loved you so much God loved you much more than us you are with Him. Please intercede for all seminarians and priests.

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  • Bipin Kujur, Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    I am really shocked by this news and i still cannot believe how this could happen in a papal seminary. It leaves me with a lot of questions....hearty condolence to the family members of Fr. KJ Thomas

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  • sr. Gracy mendonca, Belman/Hyderabad

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    Shoking news but makes our FAITH more strong to live for JESUS.

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  • Agata, Poland

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    I'm very sorry to hear that next christian was killed in this beautiful country. God forgive the killer

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  • fr sebastian pananchickal, cochin

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    he was dear to us... he lives in our hearts.... you were brave, bold, sincere, beloved to God.......

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  • Fr.P.R. victor, Texas

    Wed, Apr 3 2013

    Dear Fr. KJ I will not forget your last words COME again Victor. Now you are with the HOLY ONE OUR REDEEMER pray for me.

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  • Mercy, Ajmeer

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    I am shocked by the brutal murder of Re. Fr. K.J Thomas. I have fond memories of him as my professor at St.Peters. May you Rest In Peace and interceed for us to live a worthy life

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  • Fr. Cantius Ligoury, Ajmer, Rajasthan

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Oh God! What a shocking news!!! Though I do not Fr. K.J. Thomas personally, I feel so sad to hear that a holy and pious priest like him has been brutally murdered. Where have we reached? May God forgive the offenders.
    Fr. K.J. Thomas, you are a saint you are a martyr for Christ. May your soul rest in peace.
    Surely justice will be met at the end. I offer my heartfelt condolences to all the inmates of St. Peter's, the diocese of Bangalore and the diocese of Ooty.

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  • Sr.Marygrace, St. Aloysius convent, Vijayawada.

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Dear Father, May your soul rest in peace.

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  • fr. anand raj, bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    this is simply not acceptable. are we becoming more and more animals in nature. he is the holy priest, became powerful witness for the lord. we miss him, we miss good priest.

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  • Sr Sofia Thomas DSP, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    A very shocking news........my heart is numbed to hear this most cruel act.........I hope the real culprits will be caught and be punished.... May your soul rest in peace dearest Fr K.J. Thomas

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  • Indians nuns, Sweden

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    It is really shocking news for all the Indian catholics, how can do such a brutal behaviour towards one Holy priest ? Lord forgive them those who done it,condolence to his loving family members.may he rest in peace.

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  • Fr. Noble Mannarath, CMF, Sanyasa, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    The brutal, heinous and callous act of the murder of the incredibly simple, exceptionally human and extremely committed, but soft-spoken priest Fr K J Thomas, the beloved Rector of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary Bangalore, is indeed very shocking news. No doubt he was a jewel among the priests and his abrupt demise is an immense loss for the Seminary and for the Church of India.
    Sincere condolence from Sanyasa Bangalore, of which he was a very good friend...!
    May he intercede for all the priests and Seminarians in heaven...!

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  • Sr.M.Paula B.S., Santacruz Goa

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Killing a holy and soft spoken priest,harming none is to kill in such a brutal way is a hineous work worst than the animals.Let God forgive such hard hearted people.Butjustice should be granted.

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  • JAX Mariadas Silveira, Perth, Australia

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    A rude shock to hear.
    May your soul rest in peace KJ
    With lovely memories in St.Peter's,
    Your seminary class mate
    JAX Mariadas Silveira

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  • Daisy Maria Pragasam, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    He will be in God's hand by now. My heartfelt condolence to his family. The culprits should be punished as soon as possible.

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  • John, Uppinangady

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    R.I.P Dear fr K.J. The culprits are not very far I can see the person who disagree the most comments for no reason need to find out????

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  • Joseph Rodricksm, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Shocked to hear the death of Fr KJ Thomas,Rector of St Peters. The manner in which he was killed is all the more shocking. How could a Priest of God be subjected to such bruatility? We pray that those responsible for his death would surrender to the authorities and subject themselves to the law of the land. The investigation should cover all possibility of both internal and external personnel committing the crime. May His Soul Rest in Peace. Heartfelt condolence to the bereaved members of his family especially his sister (Nun) who(according to this report)came to visit him.

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  • Sr.Sini SAB, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    The brutal murder of Fr. Thomas has numbed my heart. It is such a heinous act. May his soul rest in peace. Let the culprits be found soon by the help of the holy spirit. We have lost a gem from the catholic Church yet we have a martyr now.

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  • Deven, Pune

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    This news is extremely shocking and upsetting to me. Very disgusting to know the lengths to which these inhuman murderers can go to. May his soul rest in peace. Remember God sees the truth, but waits. These killers will be brought to book by God himself in time to come.

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  • Fr. Richard Pais, Chitradurga

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    disheartening news to all those who know Fr. K.j. it looks that crime has taken over the rule of life. hope that the life of innocent will be protected in the future

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  • Fr. Amirtha Raj, OP, Nagpur

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    It is really shocking to find that systematically good persons are targeted and eliminated. May his soul rest in peace. God who has been blessing will continue to ensure that truth and justice will prevail.

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  • annamaryjmj, bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    It was indeed A Heart Breaking News 2 All of Us That We Lost Such A Holy Priest In Our Country and At Large Father May U R Soul REst In Peace May U interced 4 All D PRiest In D world 2 live A Holy Life and its Fullness By U R Example We Miss U Father Somuch I Have not Known U But By Hearing U R Holy Life Iam Inspired Please Pray 4All of us

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  • Sr. Lisette and Sisters of Mary Immaculate, , Krishnagar, Bengal

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    The shocking news of dear Fr. K. J Thomas’s tragic death has numbed us. It is heart rending and unbearable. Fr. K.J. Thomas a holy, dedicated, and humble priest possessed high qualities of head and heart which he generously made use in his ministry at St. Peter’s Seminary. His life was exemplary in every way reaching out to everyone in need. We were privileged to be beneficiaries of his availability and generosity. Only God our merciful Father can console and comfort the sad demise of Fr. K.J. Thomas. May his magnanimous heart plead for those who have done this terrible crime. Our heartfelt condolences to all at St. Peter’s, his family members and all concerned. May he rest in peace and enjoy the eternal bliss in Abba’s embrace.

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  • Sr Mariette BS, Bethany Provincialate, Vamanjoor

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Murder in the Seminary ... Shocking! Unbelievable tragedy! What a paradox - Seminary meant for nurturing and promoting life witnesses death on Easter Sunday, a day of triumph - life over death! We strongly condemn the act and demand for investigations proper to such brutal act! May Fr Thomas rest in peace!

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  • Fr. Mario Zalki CMF, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    A shocking news indeed. The church has lost a very holy Priest, a humble and intelligent Professor. May your blood inspire many more vocations for the Church. May your soul REST IN PEACE.

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  • Regina, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Dear Loving father we pray yr sole to rest in peace! and the culprit should be punished severely.
    If this is the end for a priest and what about us??? what security we have in this state????

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  • mini philip, Madurai

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Very inhuman act...one more innocent soul is put to death for someone's selfish motive.Each of the blood shed by FR.K.J Thomas may find new shoots in our country. May his soul rest in Peace.

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  • Rita, Bangalore, shanthinagar

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    This incident is very cruel thing. How could they imagine & do harm to holy priests, if the culprits motive is theft, don't they have fear of God's punishment.

    Really its undigestible incident.

    May the holy father's soul rest in peace.
    May Jesus give bearness to his family members.

    Deep condolence from Rita & family

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  • livin, tamilnadu

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    may the soul of Rev.fr.Thomas rest in peace. truth will triumph.

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/BOMBAY

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    WE CHRISTENS JUST CONDEMNING THE INCIDENT.AND PRAY FOR HIS SOUL.IF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO OTHER MINORITY COMMUNITY,POLICE STATION WOULD HAVE GHERAOD/STONED PEOPLE WOULD HAVE PROTESTED ON THE ROAD.KARNATAKA WOULD HAVE BURNT..BUT WE ARE THE PEACEFUL PEOPLE,OUR PROTEST IS INSIDE THE HEART..GOD FORGIVE THEM...

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  • Gnanaraj Sdc, Yesuvanam,Sivaganagai

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    It is really shocking to hear the news.
    May the shed tears and blood of the holy priest bring conversion to the murderers. May the Lord let his soul rest in peace.
    my Prayers to all the family members and his friends during this distress time.

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  • sr.superior, assam

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    It is indeed a shocking news of the brutal murder of Fr.K.J.Tomas. as we pray for the departed soul we do ask the merciful Father to comfort and console the family members ans all those who mourn the demise Fr.K.J.Thomas . May the Risen saviour grant him eternal bliss. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Fr. Gnana Peppin, Kolkata

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Very Shocking. We pray that justice may be established. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Fr. Charles Irudayam, New Delhi

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    May the soul of Fr. K.J. Thomas rest in peace!

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  • Sr.Ligi MSMHC, Assam

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    MURDER IN A SEMINARY ???? It IS REALLY SHOCKING. I personally condemn the brutal murder of a holy priest. He was a man of principles. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Nancy, Mangalore/Canada

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Lord you have plans for everything. May Fr. Thomas sacrifice of life from this world may not go in vein. Please send your holy spirit and renew the face of the earth. May more and more people come to you and believe in your message. Christ is risen Alelluia.

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  • Albert Gonsalves , Mangalore / U.A.E.

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Very shocking news indeed and that too in the heart of Bangalore. Lets hope the police are able to trace the culprits of this gastly crime speedily. May the soul of the dear departed Rev Fr. K.J. Thomas rest in peace.

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  • Fr.Steevan D'Sa, Hosadurga/ Chitradurga

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Fr.K.J.Thomas was one of my favourate teachers in the seminary. He is known for his witty nature. A soft spoken and friendly nature person. It is a great loss for the seminary and for all the students. I really miss him.May his soul rest in peace. Father kindly forgive them, they know not what they did.

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  • Sr. Lilitta BS & Councillors, Bethany Provincial House Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Indeed very shocking to learn about Fr. K.J. Thomas's brutal death! We very much saddened that we have lost a great leader in the Church. God grant Him Eternal rest.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    IF REPORTS ARE TRUE, IT ONLY GOES TO SHOW THAT INDIA IS ONLY GOING BACKWARDS, AS HATRED BASED EITHER ON COMMUNAL,SOCIAL,GENDER OR LANGUAGE BARRIERS IS GROWING MORE AND MORE BY THE DAY AND FRAGMENTING OUR COUNTRY.

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  • Fr. Jayaraju Bollikonda OCD, St. Teresa's Monastery, Kurnool

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Lord Jesus, shed the blood and cleansed the sin, Fr. K.J died and won the glory. Every of blood shed by Jesus on the Cross has converted the sinners and the every blood shed by Fr. K.J, converts his murdered. Dear Fr. K.J, you have preceded us in dying for Christ. May your soul rest in peace. The Lord has risen, Alleluia.

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  • Tauro john, Mangalore/malad/nigeria

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Its a very sad and shocking news, the culprits should be brought to justice.

    MAY FR THOMAS'S SOUL REST IN PEACE

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  • Sisters measadan, mulky

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    It was really shocking news and very sad of the cruel murder. May his soul rest in peace. hearty condolence to all the naer and dear ones.

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  • olivia, dubai

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.

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  • Fr. Martin Adichilamackal, Australia

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    God loves the cheerful. You were so cheerful Fr. K.J and I am sure God has accepted your martyrdom. So sad to miss you.Our prayers and love will always remain with you and your family. The blood that has socked the soil of St. Peters'will bring another saint to the Church.

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  • Sr. Nirmala, Bangalore/ Brazil

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Dear Fr.k.j.Thomas,May your soul rest in peace.Let the Risen Christ receive u with an angels,let u dedication & love for the Mother Church, teach us we r brothers & sisters of heaveny God who created us, His imege & likeness.Mother Church proude of u.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    What is happening in Karnataka?
    Where is the Government?
    Are they busy packing their bags?

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  • Peter/Leni, Bolkunje/Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    We cannot get over. " priest is murdered " why will a priest be murdered? May his soul rest in peace

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  • Sr.Paola, Rome

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    I am shoked ! What happens to my dear India? Where is going the indian attitude and spirit of tolerance, love, fraternity, unity...May the sacrifice of life Fr.K.J.Thomas be a seed of peace!

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  • Fr Sebastian, Idukki/Nigeria

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    A role model for all those who pass through St Peters Seminary has gone for his eternal reward. As a teacher, Fr Thomas was so precious and we will surely miss him. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Austin Prabhu, Nantur/Chicago

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Sorry to her this brutal murder of Fr. Thomas. May his soul rest in peace and may God Almighty give enough strength to his loved ones to bear this loss.

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  • Fr. Jojo Ancheril, macau china, Macau

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Well even now I can't believe the death news of Fr. K J Thomas. He was suppose to be here in Macau from 16 th to 18th May. We miss you dear Fr. K. J Thomas but you will be ever remembered. Heartfelt condolence and prayers to all who were associated with Fr. KJ Thomas.

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  • mouris, puttur

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    i m verry sad

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  • renji varghese, native-ooty:residing now in bangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    very sad to hear this.........& also great loss for christians.........condolence & prayers.............

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  • Mathew, Rome

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    KJ has been a great friend priest whose hearty humour and generous deeds endeared him to many people. I remember his sharing with me of his habit of keeping all accounts ready by the end of the day when he was administrator in St. Peter's. I admired him as a person and a priest who has transcended narrow communal considerations. My heart grieves at the way he was treated by whoever is responsible for the atrocity.

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  • Fr. Cyriac Njayarkulam CMF, Negombo, Sri Lanka

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Very much shocked to hear about the tragic death of my friend Fr. K.J. Thomas who was close to us when I was rector at Claretian Seminary, Malleswaram. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to all concerned at the st. Peter's Pontifical Seminary, Archdiocese of Bangalore and Diocese of Ootty as well as his relatives and friends. We Claretians in Sri Lanka remember him and pray for his eternal rest.

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  • REV.FR.AROGYASWAMY, RANCHI

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    He was my spiritual father,I can not assimilate the shocking news at Ranchi,Last week He invited me to Seminary but I was thinking to spend my vacation in May.It is a great lose for the Church.The best professor the Seminary Lost.The culprits must be punished though I work in the Prisons,I know him through and through.
    May his soul rest in peace,in my diocese the mass is said for his soul.

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  • Fr. Dolphy Veigas. OP, Agrar/Switzerland

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Shocking and terrifying news. A humble priest is no more. May God grant him eternal peace.

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  • Fr. Gade Kishore Reddy MSFS, Warangal, Germany

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Dear Fr.K.J.Thomas, May your soul rest in peace.
    I still remember your classes. Those days I was really taken by your classes. You taught with a great clarity and intelligence. May God grant you eternal peace.

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  • Sr Wilberta BS, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Shocking news indeed! We pray eternal rest to the departed soul of Fr K. J Thomas. Heartfelt condolences to Arch Bishop Bernard Moras,comfort and strength to all the bereaved members of the family

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  • Fr. Teji Thomas MI (Camillians), Kerala

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Rev. Fr. K.J. Thomas was my professor. It was a shocking news for me. I still remember a HOLY PRIEST who taught us the Theology of Trinity.
    May the Truine God reward him HEAVEN. Dear Fr. KJ, Please do pray for us priests to live our life for Christ and only for Christ.
    Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit".

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  • Parimala Selvaraj, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    We have had great respect regard for kind Rev. Fr. K. J. Thomas, especially as he would offer his heartfelt support for our Christmas Outreach Programmes from the Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC), Bangalore. He was always very particular about following procedures though, which we would happily admire adhere to... BUT come Christmas time, he would help arrange for the Seminarians to participate in the Outreach at Kidwai's Cancer Hospital Dharmashala, Remand Homes for Juvenile children etc... He understood our Mission, and reached out where ever he could... We will surely miss him! May his good soul rest in peace with Our Father in Heaven his divine family forever...

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  • Sr. Catherine VSDB, Shillong

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Unexpected cruel news. May God receive your soul. Forgive them Lord they do not know what they do.

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  • Sr.Amudha., Tumkur.

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    May His soul rest in peace. Very sad incident . Innocent life is gone ,the one who did this work will get it in time.

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  • Leslie fernandes, Brahmagiri, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    HOMAGE TO FATHER.
    ALL ARE SHOCKED IRRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION OR CREED.
    MY HEART GOES OUT TO SISTER AND FATHER WHO SUFFERED THIS HOCK THE MOST.
    POLICE CAN NOT SAVE ORDINARY AND HELPLESS PEOPLE ON THE STREETS.
    THIS IS THE TRUTH AND THIS IS A GRAVE TRAGEDY.
    PERSONS IN ROBE OR UNIFORM ARE NOT EXEMPTED

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  • Bennet Vas, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Here we have a tragedy .. a good harmless human being is MURDERED ,,, all who have known him have commented about his high qualities, and there are the half baked creatures who have hit DISLIKE .. why and what for only God in His Mercy can answer.. these are the people who are a curse to society but will be forgiven by our Christ the Risen lord .. no matter who thier Gods are

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  • Fr Bijo N Chacko, Kothamangalam, Kerala

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Really a shocking news. He was my Rector and he loved all of us. Pray for u dear Fr KJ. May the good Lord grand him eternal rest.

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  • AMS, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    The culprits didnt think twice before murdering such an innocent Holy person. They had no fear of God nor the wrath that would befall them. The truth will be known soon and they will get their punishment.

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  • Fr Vinod Lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    When I think of Fr K.J.Thomas I remember his trinity classes, brisk walking and gentle smile. He was our animator and I found in him a good shepherd. Really a great loss. I am shocked. R.I.P

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  • Thomas, india

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    While praying for the soul of Rev. Fr.Thomas.
    We often wonder- whether we are safe in our own country?
    Is this the civil india?
    what is the root cause of this brutal-merciless act!
    how can we prevent these kinds of actions in future?
    we need to act now!

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  • Fr. Wilson Fernandes, Gulbarga

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Its a great loss for the Church. I miss him a lot. Great and rare Personality in the pages St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary. May his soul rest in Peace,

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  • Fr. Norman Bernard, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Dear Fr. K.J, I was just thinking about you yesterday, and was eager to say Hai, when I was to meet you on the 08th od April 2013, for Archdiocesan Priests Retreat. But to know that your vacuum will
    never be filled is a horror, hard to think. May your soul rest in peace.

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  • Arul Jesu Robin, Dindigul

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    I was simply shocked to know about the cruel death of my professor. How can this happen to such a wonderful person? I have no words! May God grant him eternal rest!

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  • Prasad Mandadi, Vijayawada/Mysore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Dear Fr KJ,
    You were a holy man
    many say and cry
    We will miss a Saint from
    our midst henceforward
    Please pray for us
    when you meet your Master,
    The Risen Lord.

    May many follow the blazing trail of sanctity, humility and simplicity that you left behind...

    Rest in Peace Dear Father!

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  • Alphonce Dsouza, Kasaragod

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very sad to hear this May his soul REST IN PEACE

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  • aji, Piravom/Muscat

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is really shocking and sad news to hear about a murder in the seminary. May His soul rest in peace

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  • Clippi Shirva, Mumbai Doha

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Shocking incident may his soul rest in peace..........

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  • Sr DheenafrancisASMI, H.B.Halli

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very sad incident and many would not have dreamt of seeing these type of bad days of cruel acts killing of religious and priestwho surrender their life for God.

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  • Sr Sophie frank, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    it is a very sad and heart breaking and shocking incident.A great person Fr.Thomas K.J lived for God alone.He is a martyr for Bangalore.I am sure he will plead for us for peace and harmony.May God give him eternal rest and console the near and dear ones.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    May soul rest in eternal peace.A very shocking news and it is utmost condemnable act by a heartless monster.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    RIP Father Thomas!! A very tragic end indeed!

    Looking at the pictures, the Seminary walls and gates virtually resemble a fortress!! How come outsiders gained entry and did the merciless act of brutally killing an innocent priest without anybody having any clue or indication whatsoever? What was all the security and other helper personnel employed at the cost of the laity doing? Police must get to the root of the matter as every angle is possible in a crass materialistic world!!

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  • tania joseph, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    RIP Father
    but to all my fellow Christians we cannot be saying RIP and conveying condolence
    it is high time we react how can someone be murdered so brutally ?
    Please my brothers and sisters take this matter seriously and we need justice enough of what we have taken all these years

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  • Rev.Burckhardt Berty, Uchila, Udupi Dist

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Shocking news. My deepest Condolences. May his Soul Rest In Peace.

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  • Fr J. B. Saldanha, St Joseph's Seminary, Jeppu, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    This is indeed shocking! Fr K. J. worked strenuously to promote unity and solidarity. His ecumenical endeavours will always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace – RIP.

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  • Pius, Guwahati, Assam

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    so sad news on such a news to hear. How can such a simple priest who gave his entire life in giving classes to the seminarians meet with such a tragic death. hope the truth will come out soon. we cannot defeat God who is life eternal. my solidarity with all his students, family members and friends.May he rest in peace.

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  • Aubrey Joseph, Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Its a very sad and shocking news the culprit should be brought to justice.

    MAY FR THOMAS'S SOUL REST IN PEACE

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  • Fr.Amarnath, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    when i was a student Fr.Kj was bit strict a person.But after some years there was turn around in his life... he become the most affable,soft, understanding and very humane person and priest.Brothers in the seminary loved him as a Rector. This brutal murder is a shocker. we will miss u Dear Fr...May your soul rest in Peace

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  • Sr Cicilia Mendonca, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is a great shock to hear about the tragic death of Fr K Joseph. We condemn this act of killing and urge the State Government immediately to take strong action. May his soul rest in peace. May the Lord grant sufficient strength to bear this loss to all his loved ones.
    Sr Cicilia Mendonca CRI - Mangalore unit.

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  • Sr Mariola B.S., Kulshekarm Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is a great shock to hear about the sad ending of Fr K J Thomas. I wish and pray that each individual in our country experiences safety and security. Praying for the departed soul of Fr K J.

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  • Immanuel, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    The minority communities in this country have no security and every political party that comes to power claims that they are secular!!! what a joke!!!!!!!!

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  • SAHIL, DUBAI

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Sad news,May his soul rest in peace.

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  • vipin maliekal, cochin

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    india would condemn this henious act.. RIP fr. KJ... you live in our hearts.. can any one tel me about funeral details

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/BOMBAY

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    KARNATAKAS CM SHOULD INTERVENE IN THIS CASE AND DIRECT POLICE FORCE TO ARREST THE KILLER ANYCOST.AND SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED SUCH GRAVE INCIDENT.

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  • clara helen, Mangalore, Oman

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Jesus, Fr. K.J. is with you now, it is we who suffer because we lost one of the most educated and dedicated Priest. In this materialistic world it so difficult to become a priest, leaving everything behind and serving you, Jesus give strength to bear this unbearable pain to all his loved ones.

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  • olivia, mysore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Grant eternal rest may his soul rest in peace .Heart felt condolences to his family members.

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  • Anil Albert D'Souza , Bangalore / Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Dear Rev Fathers of St Peters Pontifical Seminary, Priests of Archdiocese of Bangalore and Priests of Diocese of Ooty and family members of Rev Fr K J Thomas
    My heartfelt condolences and sympathies to u all on the sudden and shocking news of the demise of Rev Fr K J Thomas. May God grant him eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon him and may his soul rest in peace.
    Anil Albert D'Souza,
    Assistant Professor
    SDM Law College,
    Mangalore

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  • Anne., Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    In response to your comment that provided me with a good knowledge of crime rates in bangalore and delhi etc Mr.P.S.shetty. that is not what pains us all at the moment. these are events that have been happening EVERYDAY. but touching one of the lord's consecrated is something that is a matter of importance to most of us. Any ways thank you for thE information.it was highly enlightening. it has turned out that men don't fear the lord as well. It is very sad to see that our holy annointed are meeting such a death is what is the matter of concern. Where does one go when he feels the breach in his privacy our priests are not safe within the confines of their own walls. Is his how it has to be?

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  • sr jyothi fernanndes, mudarangady, Udupi/ mysore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    The murder of Fr kj Thomas is very much shocking that too in St Peter.s Seminary where he served for nearly 30 years as a role model for so many young men training for priesthood. Just last year. I was touched by his warm hospitality and simple life style as i visited the seminary for some work.Let the law of the land take its course and the guilty should be punished sternly. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to his beloved family members.What a shock to his nun sister who came to visit her brother.

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  • sr Binu, Kerala

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Though painful I know his beautiful life has been crowned by this sacrifice. He used to tell us his students, that what we have truly learned form the Institute will be what will remain in us after ten years of leaving the Institute. An excellent professor, committed priest and wonderful person. His humanness has always impressed me. He always had a very welcoming heart and a special closeness to the poor. Father KJ, intercede for us from now.

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  • pius, udupi

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is true that our GOD forgives. But only when the sinner repents and asks forgiveness.

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  • Cecil, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very gruesome incident. It looks like some vengeance of an insider known to the priest..

    May his soul RIP!

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  • David Rodrigues , kayyar/Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Shocking news. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Michael, Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    May his soul rest in peace I pray.

    In my opinion, the reason for his murder cannot be the language issue or the robbery as assumed by some media sources.

    Because - the common language used in the Indian Seminaries is English and even the vernacular languages given equal status over there. The chances of outsiders interefering with the internal matters of the seminaries in such cases is also very remote.

    Robbery is also out of question because everyone is aware that he does not have gold or silver in his possession, other than few hundred Rupees of pocket money.

    It is very sad to note that we have lost a well educated and soft spoken priest.

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  • alex, bangalore - India

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Its really sad to hear the Fr's death. I think this is the very first incident taken place in peter's seminary which is unusual. Ppl dont understand that we are dealing with life and not a movie dolls/statue to kill at..... May his soul rest in peace and God consols all his family members & relatives. It is also very important that time has come to strengthen all religious places with tight tech-based securities coz these are not an ordinary places.

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  • Fr. Selvaraj, Assam

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    So So sad that my rector a year ago is no more. the case has to be investigated very deeply. Who knows, some known persons may be involved in the murder. Fr. K. J an example love, affection and compassion does not deserve this. So sad.

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  • James Gerald, Nethelands

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    My dear Rev.Fr. K.J.Thomas, you were one of my role models. Nobody can be so honest and humble and friendly. How much effort and hard work you had put in to maintain and safe guard the seminary. As a priest of my own diocese I was very proud of you. You were leading really a saintly life. I thought I would be meeting you again next year in January. I am really shattered. You were so concerned about others that you had opened the door door even at 2:30 early morning, but this time only to your murderers. Dear father pray for us from heaven. We will follow your foot steps to serve Jesus and the diocese. Rector of a Pontifical Seminary is murdered in such a cruel manner, is very painful. Dear father you have followed the foot steps of St. Peter the patron of our seminary. He was murdered by the enemies from out side but you seem to from inside. You have shed blood for Christ on the Easter day. May your soul rest in Peace. May all your dear and near ones be consoled.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very sad and a shocking news to read. Heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in pece.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very sorry to read such incidences occur in churches. May the departed soul of Fr.Thomas rest in peace

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  • Stany D'sa, Balehonnur/Dubai

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    According to me most of the churches do not have security. It is very essential to have security because for thieves and rogues there is no religion. The Bishop's of each diocese, just collecting the bounty from the churches is not enough but strictly they should provide security to all the churches. No one can approach the priest without security clearance.The security at the seminary was sub-standard.

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  • Shiju, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very sad to hear this news. Last Wednesday, I met him in Christ the King church for confession and he was so good in explaining facts (first time I felt so good after confessing to a priest). He was there during Good Friday service as well and can't forget his smiling face. Can't imagine that he was living his last couple of days in this world! May God bless his soul.

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  • Michael Noronha, Mangalore/Mysore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Shocked to hear the death of Fr KJ Thomas,Rector of St Peters. The manner in which he was killed is all the more shocking. How could a Priest of God be subjected to such bruatility? We pray that those responsible for his death would surrender to the authorities and subject themselves to the law of the land. The investigation should cover all possibility of both internal and external personnel committing the crime. May His Soul Rest in Peace. Heartfelt condolence to the bereaved members of his family especially his sister (Nun) who(according to this report)came to visit him.

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  • Fr. K. A. William, Mysore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Its a shocking news to know about the brutal act of murder of Fr. K. J. He was a soft and friendly person to all. He was a well balanced administrator. When he joined St. Peter's Seminary as a staff, we were the first batch to be taught by him in late 1980's. He had simple and humble way of relating himself with others. He made others happy by his witty nature. Though forgiveness is part and parcel of Christianity, Justice should and must prevail. The culprits should receive what they deserve by the law. May Reverend father's soul rest in peace.

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  • sr.stella SAS, Visakhapatnam

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Hearty condolence to the family mebers. i pray may his soul rest in peace.

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  • fr.stan, bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    He is truely a saint.One day he will be raised to the alters. A great role model and holy priest.
    May he intercede for us in heaven

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  • jesse, Kuwait Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Word of god says in Psalm 105:15and in 1 chronicles 16:22 DONOT TOUCh MY PROPHETS Do NO HARM to MY ANNOINTED ONES for they r few in numbers.

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  • Gretta, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Killing a priest inside the seminary is very sad and shocking news. Cant believe it. Priests are not safe even inside the seminary.Condolences to all the near and dear ones. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Michael Brags, Bajpe

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very sad incident and shocking news to hear that Fr. K J Thomas is no more. May His Soul Rest in Peace. It is the Almighty Lord who will judge the killers and give them proper judgement.

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  • Dr. Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore, Ottawa

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Greatly distressed by this brutality. How cruel human beings can be just to grab what is not theirs or to settle a score! I just cannot fathom.There is no salvation for these murderers.
    May the soul of Fr. Thomas rest in eternal peace in the heavenly mansion. My heartfelt condolences to his family and to the Bangalore diocese and the seminary.
    Dr. Mohan Prabhu

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  • Sr Mary Jacob, Bagalkot

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It's really shocking to hear that Fr. K.J.Thomas has been brutally murdered by some miscreants. He has dead with christ, let him rise with christ as he has died on Easter Day.

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  • Francina Kurian, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Dear Father,

    May your Soul RIP. I still cannot imagine the fear and pain that you would have gone through.. your shouts were unheard.. Every Priest is chosen person of GOD. The guilty will be judged accordingly by GOD.. but i do not know what did they get from your death?? Atleast they should have thought about the Judgment day.. I am deeply pained by your death.. its disturbed my mind and with heavy heart.. As a priest you not only belong to your family alone.. you also belong to us.. Jesus, please forgive and please have mercy on Fr. K J Thomas... Mother Mary please please pray for him " now and at the hour of our death" AMEN.

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  • donald rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    How did this happen?? The matter must be investigated thoroughly and the truth must come out and culprits brought to book.

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  • P S Shetty, MANGALORE

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Yesterday in one English TV News Channel they had given complete crime chart of Metropolitan cities of India. Bengaluru ranks Third after Delhi & Mumbai in all types of Crimes. Crime in Chennai is just less than 30% of what it is in Bengaluru even though Chennai has more population than Bengaluru. Even Hyderabad has much less crime rate as compared to Bengaluru. While Delhi is really the Crime capital of India, Bengaluru has become Crime capital of South India. It seems shortly Bengaluru may overtake Delhi.

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  • Alban D' Souza , Udyavara-Mumbai_Doha Qatar

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Barbaric act.All must condemn this heinous crime.. Even a murder of priest who serves the people& society selfless. May His soul rest in peace. Why there is no humanity ? just check oneself?

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  • RTN MICHAEL MATHIAS SHIRVA, PILAR SHIRVA

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    very sad news.please accept our hertfelt condolences.may his soul rest in peace.

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  • Fr. R. Joseph Ravi Balan, Sacred Heart Seminary, Chennai - 56

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    I was terribly shocked to hear of the brutal murder of Rev. Fr. K.J. Thomas. When I entered St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary way back in 1978, he was senior to me by six years. I have since known him. He was a man of affable nature. He was truly a man of principles, sincere to the core, quite simple, transparent and strictly accountable. I feel extremely sad for this good priest, for the diocese of Ooty and of course, for my great alma mater. We hope that there will be an impartial and proper enquiry held to bring to book the culprits who committed this dastardly act.

    This shocking incident must have certainly created panic in the seminary. The state government should give protection to those who live at St. Peter's. May his soul rest in peace!

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  • Maxim Dias, Bellary

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It really shocking news to hear about the murder of Rector, who formed hundreds of Seminarians.We used to call him Fr.K. J. We admired at his simplicity and exemplary life. He made the classes in Systematic Theology especially 'Trinity' very interesting and simple to understand. May his soul rest in peace. I hope that the police and the crime branch will give us justice.

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  • Fr. Jose Mattam, Wardha

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Really shocking to hear Fr. k.J.Thomas has become a victim of such a dastardly act. He was a kind friendly and a very model priest doing wonderful services and influenced many through his life. We greatly miss you dear Father

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  • fr. showrilu sdb, Hyderabad

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    heartfelt condolences to the family of Fr. K.j Thoma. I am deeply upset.
    God will not leave the culprits for their brutal act.
    May the soul of Fr. Thomas rest in peace.

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  • Praveen Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    I think the person who has pressed disagree button needs to see the doctor in special ward in Kankanady or SDM.

    The heinous crimes like these need to be condemned by all and no politics should be played here.

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  • Tom, Muscat

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    How can such a crime happen inside a highly security area like a seminary? Something is foul somewhere. May his soul rest in peace and the culprits bought to light and hanged. Hope there wont be any pressure on the investigators and truth will come out.

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  • Ted, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Fr K J Thomas soul with haunt the culprits for the rest of their lives.

    They will neither be able to Run nor hide , they have only one choice but DIE.

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  • V.Baretto, Bantwal-Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    shocking that the incidence never came to the notice of dozens of residents within the Seminary, security personnel and it is just a stone throw from the Yeswanthpur Police Station just opposite BHEL. Sad it is and we hope the culprits will be cought soon.

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  • Fr. Chris Vimalraj, Rome

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    The life of an excellent theologian and a kind priest has been brought to an abrupt end. This gruesome and inhuman act should be condemned and the culprits brought to justice. Fr. K. J. will be remembered for his simplicity and exemplary life. May the Risen One bring Fr. K. J. to a place light, refreshment and peace. As we pray for him may he pray for us.

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  • sa, india

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    I wonder how people can do such a horrible thing to another human being!They will surely be found and punished by the lord above first and the law below!He was such a good person -very kind and soft spoken.My heart goes out to the family and to the good father who never never deserved such an end.May god help the family to heal and help them to move on soon.

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  • Kuru SJ, Pune

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Condolences to his beloved people, priests and friends. Very sad to hear this news. God bless him.

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  • Staney D Almeda, Mysore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    I was really shocked to hear from my friends about the brutal death of Rev. Fr. K.J. Thomas. Which is really heart breaking and sadened to all who known him. May his soul rest in Peace.

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  • Fr Jerome Rose P, Trivandrum Kerala

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Its a heartbreaking news. I could not believe when i heard it. He was my Professor, formator. I could see Jesus in his face at many occasions. Whenever i prepare my sermons i recall his teachings. I wanted to visit him and receive his blessings this year at the time of Malayalam drama. He was very kind to all. He is a role model to all especially priests. I am sure that he is received in heaven. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • s. JOHN - Rajajinagar, B'lore, rajajinagar

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is indeed a sad news. What so ever may be the reason for his killing.... we Christians are at target by others as well as from our own insiders. May his soul RIP

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  • Irudayaselvam, Taipei, Taiwan

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Fr. K. J we miss you. It's a great shock. Your friendly approach and dedicated service, total simplicity... are unforgettable. I wanted to meet you during my holidays this year. What to do ? The Lord wants me to wait some more time to meet you. May your soul rest in peace. Please pray for me...

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  • francis lewis, Sastan / Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Dear Fr.
    You were with us on Easter day and shared with us during Holy Mass at IIS and really this is of shocking news to all of us. Our Lord will not tolerate these things and the Culprit should be hanged without any mercy. May God give more strength and courage to our Community to face this type of
    happening.God please take care these people and you know what you will have to do.

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  • harry, Belgaum

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    a dark gloom over the portals of St.Peter's Pontifical seminary as one of its unique personality was brought to brutal death. is there a secure place to live on and carry out ones own mission/work ... a million dollar question ? MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

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  • K.L. Joy, Kerala

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is a terrible tragedy. People can not play devil

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  • Theresa , Vittal

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is really shocking and sad news to hear about a murder in the seminary. May His soul rest in peace

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  • Rohan Lawrence Sequeira, Bejai Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is indeed a sad news. What so ever may be the reason for his killing.... we Christians are at target by others as well as from our own insiders. May his soul RIP.

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  • Sandeep,

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Dear Theresa
    Our God is a forgiving God. His mercy has no end. dont you remember the words of our Lord "Father Forgive them for they do not know what they do."
    I agree some actions are not able to be digested but at the end we have to follow our Lord.

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  • Rosario Fernandes, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Sad to hear such an incident taking place in seminary. Culprits must be handled severely.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Indian Manju
    World full of Nanju (Poison)
    All say Devarige Anju(Fear God)
    Adare Maduvudu Mathondu(But do the
    opposite!)
    Kelavaru Haakuvaru Sanchu...(Some Hatch Plots)
    Hididu Tiruguvaru Longu Macchu(N roam round wielding dangerous weapons)
    Satisfied Manju???

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  • joyson, tampa,florida

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    we have lost a saintly priest. He is the most wonderful person I have known in my life .

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  • Fr Balthazar Castelino, Nakre, Karkala/Paris, France

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is very sad to know that our dear friend Fr K.J. Thomas had to sacrifice his life in St Perter's Seminary. A classmate of mine since 1970 till 1980 in St Peter's, he was known for his simplicity, generosity, wits and humour. May his soul rest in peace!
    Fr Balthazar Castelino

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  • Raja Rao SMM, Rome

    Tue, Apr 2 2013

    Hello Baltha,
    How sad that we have to hear this news? So mysterious are these happenings! When can we ever see him. I used to meet him every year I visited St. Peter's. May he rest in Peace...our K.J. How is your health now? I will be in Paris on the 10th April. Hope to meet you. Raja Rao

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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar-Sharjah

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very sad incident. No one knows how the death comes and what time.very cruel act of killing a Priest. God will never forgive the killers. May his soul Rest in peace.

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  • jawahar jerry, manglore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    shocked to read this news...

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  • Mark, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    I am deeply hurt by the attack on Fr. Thomas. It is an attack on Christ and Christianity. Let the people understand that language is only a medium/means of worship and not an end in itself.

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  • Fr. Johnson Puthenveettil, Alappuzha, Kerala

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Rev. Fr. K.J. was my professor at St. Peter's. He was a lovable and calm and compassionate person. The news is shocking and unbelievable. May his soul be rest is peace.

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  • Fr. Thomas Thennady, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is too shocking. Fr. K.J., as we used to call him lovingly, was a wonderful priest, a true guide, an excellent teacher and a loving friend. We surely are going to miss him. He surely was an innocent individual. May his soul rest in peace. The murderers need to be brought to justice. How could anyone kill him! We love you and we miss you K.J.

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  • Jaison, Tampa, FL

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Fr.K.J. is my uncle and is he the best uncle anyone could ask for. His entire family loves him so much and we know he will pray for the souls of those who hurt him but I hope they also receive swift and true judgment.

    I have never even considered that he would not be the priest to preside over my future wedding, future kids baptisms etc. I cannot believe he is gone. He is such a nice and great man. I cannot even fathom how anyone could think to hurt him.

    RIP Thomachan Uncle.

    You dedicated your life to God and it was ended so early because of some lost souls stupid greed. I also know you're in Heaven and praying for those ppl's souls b/c that's who you are. You will always be my favorite priest and I still can't believe you won't be presiding over my wedding, kids baptisms etc but I'm guessing you were such a great devotee to God that he decided your life of servitude on Earth was enough and it was time you reaped your reward in Heaven. Thank you for everything you've taught me. I'll miss talking to you. God bless you!

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  • John Tauro, M'lore / Kwt

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Disputes do crop up in any organisation and there are ways to sort them out amicably. Whatever be the issues, this is the most coward and dastardly act on the part of those murderers.

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  • Fr Franklin Dsouza, CBCI Office for Youth,ICYM -New Delhi

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Fr. K.J. Thomas sudden departure is really a HEART BREAKING NEWS. He was a great friend of all. My Professor in St. Peter's Seminary. also as a staff for two years i served with him. when I was Regional Youth Director at Karnataka, he invited me to deliver a talk on youth to the theologians. Those who know him personally, he was friendly in nature with his students. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. very very sad news for all of us who studied there and serving in various parts of India as well as in the world. Without knowing anything let us not connect his death with anything in doubt!. MAY THE TRUTH come out. EVEN TRUTH comes out of his death, we will not get him back. MAY GOD GIVE STRENGTH to the staff, students, to accept this in a CHRISTIAN SPIRIT. Fr. K. J. we love you and miss you.

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  • Fr. Siby, Shillong

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    It is indeed shocking. A great soul with spontaneous simplicity and extraordinary courage and conviction has left us. may his soul rest in Peace and find his reward in the heavenly abode. We miss a wonderful professor of systematic theology.

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/BOMBAY

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    ITS VERY STRANGE.POOR INNOCENT LIFE IS GONE.IN THIS EASTER SEASON,RISEN LORD JESUS CHRIST PLS EXCUSE THE CULPRIT..WHAT HE IS DONE THAT HE WILL REALISE SOON.

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  • suvin, mangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    POLICE SHOULD PROPER INVISTIGATE THE INCIDENT AND TRUTH SHOULD COME OUT, PEOPLE BEHIND THIS SHOULD PUNISHED,
    AS SEMINARY IN A HIGH SECURITY AREA WHERE OUTSIDERS ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHOUT PERMISSION

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  • Tom Cat , Mangalore/ saudi arabia

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Tamilians have strong hold in Bangalore. Clergy cares a two hoots for laity(members of church)This is second time a language issue has cropped up 30 years in neighour-hood church. Murder should be taken in strict terms.

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  • Agee, Indian - UAE

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Let his soul RIP and we strengthen our faith.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Robbing and Looting was acceptable to some extent but killing is OUTRAGEOUS .....

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  • No excuse, ibrahim saudi/yanbu

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    From internal riverly, NO one is excuse it seems. Either politicaians, business man, religious leader or even common man, every one has a threat of Internal riverly it seems

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    If someone slaps you on one cheek
    show him the other....
    Here the 'other'actually means the
    'correct path'! Prabhu Maam, it's just how we 'interprate' the sayings of the Masters! Nowadays
    teachings too are twisted for gains. If we show the other 'cheek' today,not only will we be slapped.... but robbed and killed all in one go....!!

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  • Manju, Indian

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Dear Bhandarkar Mamu, your comments by poems always inspired me to read many times rather by long sentence.

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  • Fr. Veeresh V. Moras, Madanthyar/Shimoga

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Dear Fr.K.J. as you were fondly called by the seminarians, May your soul rest in peace. This should not have happened to a dedicated and committed priest like you. You were a great teacher to hundreds of seminarians who have become priests today and are serving in various parts of India and world. You made the classes in Systematic Theology especially 'Trinity' very interesting. You were an voracious reader. Your simplicity, down to earth approach, humility have left an indelible mark in the lives of many. May your tribe increase.

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  • Alwyn Maxim, Mangalore/UAE

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Sad incident, such a grave act of the killers, who ever did this act, they may try to hide them self but they can't in God's sight. Each n every steps of theirs will be observed, if they repent also there is no mercy for them. May Fr.K.J.Thomas, Soul Rest in Peace. Let Almighty grant him eternal life. Heavenly Father, grant peace to Fr.K.J.THomas, family to bear the lose of their loved one, console them in their sorrow. Amen

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  • KRPrabhu, Kudla/Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 1 2013

    Very sad incident and many would not have dreamt of seeing these type of bad days of cruel acts killing of religious Guru inside church.....forgiving does not hold good in all occasions.
    May the soul RIP.....

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