First Dalit Archbishop Marampudi Joji of Hydearbad Passes Away


First Dalit Archbishop Marampudi Joji of Hyderabad Passes Away

The Hindu

Hyderabad, Aug 28: The Archbishop of Hyderabad and a popular Christian leader, Marampudi Joji, passed away around 6 pm on Friday following a heart attack in his personal chamber in the Bishop's House at Secunderabad.



His personal aides and a few priests present in the house, to their shock, found him dead in his chair. He was 68. Rev. Joji, a hallmark of piety and social service to the poor wherever he worked, leaves behind thousands of admirers all over the State and a large congregation.

His body will be laid to rest in the cemetery at the foot of St Mary's shrine at Gunadala in Vijayawada around 3 pm on Monday as per his wish indicated in a document. This cemetery is the resting place of several early Italian missionaries who worked in this part of the globe.

A spokesman of the Bishop's House said the body would be kept at St Mary's Church, Secunderabad, throughout Saturday and partially on Sunday to enable people pay their respects to him before being shifted to Vijayawada for the funeral. Soon after hearing the news, a large number of people thronged the house for the last glimpse.

  

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  • Ashok Pammi, Kuwait

    Tue, Jan 18 2011

    Mr. Jaidev Nada is Correct. He is not Dalit he is Prajwalith

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  • akunuri manoj kumar, guntur

    Wed, Oct 6 2010

    uncle i was shocked bt hearing that aa sad news in my whole myself and my family never ever forget u uncle i miss uu ill pray for u uncle

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  • jaidev nada, texas usa

    Sun, Sep 19 2010

    WHY YOUR MEDIA PEOPLE USED THIS"DALIT"ARCHBISHOP? HE WAS"JWALITH"{always giving light}BISHOP.

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  • Fr. Joshi Polisetty, Nalgonda

    Tue, Sep 7 2010

    Archbishop M Joji loved Christ and people.He was always faithful to the duty that was entrusted to him. He was an able administrator and hard worker. He stands as good example for all the clergy and religious today. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • JoshiPolisetty, Nalgonda

    Tue, Sep 7 2010

    Archbishop M Joji loved Christ and people.He was always faithful to the duty that was entrusted to him. He was an able administrator and hard worker. He stands as good example for all the clergy and religious today. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • priscilla strettell, hyderabad/everett usa

    Tue, Aug 31 2010

    our heartful condolence on the demise of our archibishop of hyd.it is indeed a sad day.may his soul rest in peace.

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  • Gnana Bharani and Mary Ratnam, India

    Tue, Aug 31 2010

    We owe Bishop Joji personal thanks for all the help when we were in difficulty and when our life was at risk. we are deeply saddened by his death. May his sould rest in peace.

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  • Patrick, Secunderabad

    Mon, Aug 30 2010

    It was a sudden shock for on Friday evening when we got a news. May his soul rest in peace.Really we missed a great leader.

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  • ROSHAN, BANTWAL K.S.A

    Sun, Aug 29 2010

    very sad news to hear the sadden death of bishop, may the loving lord accept him in his kingdom.

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  • Fr. Dileep, Jagdalpur

    Sun, Aug 29 2010

    My condolences to his immediate family members and his diocese. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • juliana, udupi

    Sun, Aug 29 2010

    Smiling and full of life. He decided to complete his mission abruptly because it was God's wish. May his soul rest in eternal peace. May people of his community draw closer to God through his firm steps.

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  • Suresh, Bangalore, India

    Sun, Aug 29 2010

    May Marampudi Joji's soul rest in peace. He is a simple and a dedicated Bishop. I personally had attended his masses and deeply touched by his simple and straight homily. Once again my condolences to his family members and may his soul rest in peace

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  • mario.p, eluru

    Sun, Aug 29 2010

    Hearty condoleces to the family and to the diocese. may his soul rest in peace

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  • Fr.Andrew Leo, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 29 2010

    My hearty Condolances to the Clery Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad at sudden death of their beloved Shepherd.May the Lord grant Eternal rest for the departed Soul

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  • Fr J. B. Saldanha, Bantwal

    Sun, Aug 29 2010

    Sorry to hear about the death of archbishop Joji. He was a man of integrity who cared for the well-being of the flock assigned to him. Meanwhile, I felt very sad to read the comment of 'abrham, mangalore.' Why speak negatively about the deceased archbishop while the entire diocese of Hyderabad mourning over his death? How come anyone can fail to be manganous? May God grant bishop Joji eternal rest. RIP.

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  • J.B.Rathan Raj, Secunderabad

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    A great man passed away. under his able guidance and supervision many parishes were formed in the and around the twin cities, whereby catholic living in such areas gottheir shepherds, and regular worship and Eucharistic services are available to them. In one such episode as the Immaculate Heart of Mary's church at Ghatkesar in the out skirts during construction and inauguration he had posted very intelligently a very young and dynamic priest Rev Fr. Joseph Kondala from the MSFS order as parish priest and the old chapel was demolished and a new beautiful and and modern Church was constructed within the prescribed time limit.

    The late bishop, secretly and regularly visited the premises at odd hours to assess the progress. by then he already had his CABG (bypass grafting)with all his ailment he was traveling the long distance to ensure the progress was as per schedule. His presence in the rural parish brought confidence to the local parishioners. he brought many changes in the archdiocese by transferring the corrupt and stubborn priests. He faced many criticism one such talk by a priest from the pulpit was recorded by me. It was not a pleasing talk. However the Bishop no longer lives in our midst, he was called Home I pray to the Almighty God to shorten his time of expiation and take him into his kingdom where he will live eternally standing in the presence of God singing His praises, glories and mercies. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Fr.Vincent D'Souza, Bela Church

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May the Lord Grant Eternal Rest to Bishop Marampudi . My heartfelt sympathies to the Catholics of Hyderabad Diocese.

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  • Olivia Moras, Puttur/Canada

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    Very sad to know the passing away of Archbishop Marampudi Joji of Hyderabad. May his soul rest in peace. Our condolences to the Family and to the Diocese.

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  • GLORIA LOBO, HYDERABAD-HOUSTON

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    My hearty condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Fr. Balan, Tamil Nadu

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    I was shocked to hear the sudden demise of the Archbishop of Hyderabad, Most Rev. Marampudi Joji. He was a simple, pro-poor and man of God in the church of Andra Pradesh. As he hails from the dalit christian community, he is the first Archbishop from the Dalit christianins, in the Catholic Church. He was the voice of the poor dalits to get their rights.

    He was able to support the cause of dalit liberation and SC status to Dalit Christians both at the church level and the government level. There is no such a leader to succedd him to support the cause of the poor dalits in the church and in the state. The Catholic Church in as well as the Dalit christians have lost their good shephered. I hope that the Lord will give the archdiocese of Hyderabad a shephered after His own heart ( Jer 3,15).

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  • Paul Andrade, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    A great soul passed into heaven to be one with his Creator. May his soul rest in peace.

    The title "Dalit" must be the making of media. In the assembly of all who are related to Christ by his blood are his brothers. Worldly segregations have no meaning.

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  • REV FR MICHAEL ANTONY, BANGALORE

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    My heartiest condolences at the loss of Archbishop Marampudi Joji of Hyderabad. It is an irreparable loss for the Church in Andhra Pradesh and India.I am extremely grieved on hearing of the sudden death of Archbishop Joji. May his noble soul rest in peace.

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  • Sr. Regina Castelino, Mangalore(now PNG)

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May his soul rest in peace! Hearty condolences to all who mourn today..

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  • Prashanth Shetty, Udupi/Abudhabi

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    Why you differntiate between christians. As per I know there is no caste system within christians.

    Recently, I read an interview of present chief election commisioner Mr Qureshi who didnt like media for reporting him as a first muslim to become CEC. I agree that he is appointed as a CEC because of merit and not due to the religion he belongs. We should not unnecessarily bring in religious and caste to issue.

    May Archbishop Marampudi Joji's soul RIP...

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  • Thomas Rodrigues, kadaba/Soudi Arabia

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May his soul rest in peace

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  • sr.violet, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    My condolences to the sad demise of the bishop. May his soul rest in peace

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  • Sr Lyra, Bathinda- Punjab

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    Sorry to hear.May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Sr.Severine Menezes, Bangalore

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    God grant him eternal peace and may he enjoy your heavenly bliss.

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  • Fr. Vincent Menezes, Mangalore-Cascia

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May the Lord Grant Eternal Rest to Bishop Marampudi and may the people of his diocese receive conslation form the Holy Spirit. My heartfelt sympathies to the Catholics of Hyderabad Diocese.

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  • Stanislaus Alla SJ, Boston

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    I was sad to read the news. Not only I knew him -along with Archbishop Arulappa he Ordained me as a priest at Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada in 1999, but I appreciate his commitment to the integral development of the poor. Earlier, as bishop of Khammam, he visited the Adivasi communities beyond Bhadrachalam and wholeheartedly supported the Jesuit-run projects for the education of these people. May his soul Rest In Peace!

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  • A.S.Matehw, U.S.A.

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    Hearty condolence at the sudden
    demise of Arch Bishop Marampudi
    Joji. Let God give peace and
    strength to his family.

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  • Clara Lewis, Kemmannu/Dubai

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    Heartfelt condonlences to the family and to the Diocese, may his soul rest in peace

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  • Josemon, Hyderabad-KeErala

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May the soul of late Arch Bp M. Joji Rest in Peace!!!

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  • Josemon, Hyderabad-Kerala

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    My condolences to the sad demise of the bishop. May his soul rest in peace...............

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  • Jawar D'Souza, Doha/M'lore

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May his soul rest in peace, may God grant him eternal rest.

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  • Jennet Prescilla, Mangalore / Muscat

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May the dear departed Soul of H.E Archbishop Marampudi Rest in Peace. With regard to mentioning him as Dalit Bishop to show to the world and our christrian community who still follow castism in some parts of our country, that there is no bar for anyone to enter the vinyard of our Lord Jesus Christ and to encourage other Dalits and downtrodden to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. Why disect and bisect each and every news item? instead save the time and energy for upliftment of people as this beloved Archbishop did during his lifetime.

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  • Sudhir, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    My condolence to his family.
    Is there Dalit in Christian tooo????

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  • Jerry Moras, Canada

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May his soul rest in peace

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  • Deven, Pune/Chennai

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    May his soul rest in peace. I see in this God's devine plan. Whatever happens we surrender to His will. My condolences to his immediate family members and his diocese.

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  • P.J.David, Secunderabad

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    We lost a great leader and administrator.

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  • b alexander, hyderabad, a.p

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    our heartful condolence on the demise of our archibishop of hyd.it is indeed a sad day.may his soul rest in peace and always guide us in our lives.

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  • b alexander, hyderabad, a.p

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    our heartful condolence on the demise of our archibishop of hyd.it is indeed a sad day.may his soul rest in peace and always guide us in our lives.

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  • b alexander, hyderabad, a.p

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    our heartful condolence on the demise of our archibishop of hyd.it is indeed a sad day.may his soul rest in peace and always guide us in our lives.

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  • DONALD, MUMBAI

    Sat, Aug 28 2010

    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

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  • 1st Dalit Archbishop eka leru, ases

    Fri, Aug 27 2010

    A good Archbishop of Hyderabad,a lover of poor, faithful, steward in the vineyard of the Lord. May his soul rest in peace

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  • Sushma, Maganore

    Fri, Aug 27 2010

    My condolences to the sad demise of the bishop. May his soul rest in peace

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  • anil, mangalore

    Fri, Aug 27 2010

    My condolences to the sad demise of the bishop. May his soul rest in peace

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  • Kiran, Guntur

    Fri, Aug 27 2010

    My hearty condolences to the Family and to the Diocese.
    There is castism in the Church. Why to hide it. It is an open secret. Let us work together to have a Universal church.

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  • Mark, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 27 2010

    My condolences to the sad demise of the bishop.
    Why mention dalit when castism does not exist in Christianity.

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