Thousands of Roman Catholic mourners gathered at Limbe Cathedral cemetery in Blantyre Archdiocese on Saturday to pay their last respect to the late Reverend FR Papius Mangwiyo.
He was laid to rest after succumbing to hypertension at Mulanje Mission Hospital on July 11, 2013.
At exactly 1:00pm, the body of the late Mangwiyo, who until his death was a priest at Bango Parish in Mulanje, was interred into his resting place.
Born on 3 August, 1949 at Kajawo Village, T/A Bvumbwe in Thyolo, Rev. Fr Mangwiyo was consecrated as a priest on 14 August, 1977 after his education at St Pius XII Minor Seminary in 1964 before going to Kachebere Major Seminary and St Peters Major Seminary respectively.
The funeral ceremony started with a requiem mass at 10:00 pm which was led by Bishop Montfort Sitima, who was presiding it in the absence of Archbishop Tarsizio Ziyaye who is in the Democratic Republic of Congo on other duties.
Bishop Sitima in his eulogy hailed the late Mangwiyo for his stewardship when serving the church in various parishes where he had worked.
“He was a dedicated priest who was always inspiring upcoming priests to serve God no matter what problems they were going through.
“His Grace Archbishop Ziyaye who is not with us today is a very sad person because of losing one of his hardworking priests. In fact, they were in the same classroom at the seminary,” said Sitima.
Sitima also hailed Blantyre Archdiocese Christians for contributing a lot towards the funeral ceremony.
In his sermon, Fr Benito Masuwa described the death as a blow to the church but urged the bereaved family not to lose hope because there is another life after death.—Malawi News Agency