Catholic ‘much loved’ priest Mangwiyo Jnr laid to rest: Pictorial

Thousands of Catholic faithful from Blantyre Archdiocese and across other denominations gathered at Limbe Cathedral along the Blantyre-Zomba Road on Tuesday to pay their last respects to the late Fr. Felix Mangwiyo Jnr described as “much loved” priest.

Thousands of Catholic faithfuls gathered at Limbe Cathederal to pay their last respects
Father and sister to late Mangwiyo mourning the departed priest
Minister of Information Henry Mussa (2nd from left) represented President Peter Mutharika
Sombre: Fr Boniface Tamani
Bishop Peter Masikuwa blessing the resting place for a committed servant of God
The cross with particulars of the departed priest

Fr. Mangwiyo died on Saturday in a road accident after conducting a requiem mass of one of his parishioners in Chiradzulu where he was the main celebrant. He died alongside three other Catholic women after their minibus was run over by a lorry.

After the Mass ended, bells tolled and applause rang out in the wind-whipped square as the coffin carrying the remains of Fr. Mangwiyo adorned with a cross and an ‘M’ for the Virgin Mary, was brought out from Limbe Cathedral for burial.

The Mass ended with everyone standing and singing together: “May the angels accompany you into heaven, May the martyrs welcome you when you arrive and lead you to Holy Jerusalem.”

At exactly 3:10 pm, late Mangwiyo Jnr. who died at the age of 30 was lowered into the grave.

A number of priests, including Archbishop of Blantyre Archdiocese, Right Rev. Thomas Luke Msusa, Emeritus Bishop Allan Chamgwera, Bishops Peter Musikuwa of Chikwawa , George Tambala of Zomba, Montfort Stima of Mangochi and Monsignor Boniface Tamani of Blantyre Archdiocese, priests and hundreds of Catholics attended the burial ceremony.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Henry Mussa represented President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika at the ceremony.

Archbishop Msusa described Fr. Mangwiyo as a committed servant of God who was like a father to Masanjala Parish where he was serving until his death.

The prelate also described the late priest as an initiator of development, saying he had left a big gap in the Catholic Church.

“Fr. Mangwiyo, although youthful, was influential in his priestly service, dedicated and a determined shepherd who inspired many to love their religion,” said Msusa.

“We can be sure that our beloved priest is standing today at the window of the father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us. Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of immortality — our hearts are full of sadness, yet at the same time filled with joy of hope and profound gratitude,” added Msusa.

Msusa said Fr. Mangwiyo had offered his life to God and his flock.

Fr. Mangwiyo was ordained to priesthood on July 7, 2018 at Limbe Cathedral by Archbishop Msusa and has only served at Masanjala Parish for eight months before his fateful death.

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Mary
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Mary

RIP. I think nobody knows where people go after death. However we know that the thief on the cross went to paradise sine Jesus Himself said so. Luke 23:43.

Paddy
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Paddy

much loved priest. enawa why sakondedwa. MHSRP

Nebraska
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Nebraska

My calculations it seems he died 29 years not 30……. Anakakwanisa 30 years pa 02/06/2019…RIP

Minor Reuben
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Minor Reuben

May His Soul Rest In Peace until the resurrection day.

kanyimbi 265
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kanyimbi 265

Catholics, where do you get these teachings about one dies and then goes to heaven????? Stop misleading the maltitude

Bystander
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Bystander

Ms Kanyimbi, do you need to question other people’s religious beliefs,? If I were you, I would simply read and remain quiet. You have your beliefs that others don’t have to question unless such beliefs are at crossroads with other people’s rights.

Eduardo
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Eduardo

Which belief is correct then? When man dies where does he go? Who is man? Please tell us your belief.

Litso
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Litso

According to the Holy Bible, when man dies, rests in the grave yard, assuming wayikidwa mmanda… Ena amapita ndi madzi, kudyedwa ndi zilomho…. the righteous will only go to heaven akadzatengedwa with Jesus Christ amene akubweranso posachedwa…

Izi zomatsogolazi… are false teachings of men not supported by the Holy Bible. Briefly that’s it dear brother

cent
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The world and the entire catholic church loved you so Much , But Gods love dwells in his divinity . May your soul continue resting in peace.