The Catholic Church in the country is mourning the death of Bishop emeritus Dr Patrick Augustine Kalilombe.
The death has been confirmed by Catholic secretariat in Lilongwe.
He has died at the age of 79. Bishop Kalilombe was born on August 28, 1933.
Kalilombe served as Bishop of Lilongwe from 1972 to 1979.
But in 1976 a conflict arose between the church and the government of dictator Kamuzu Banda where he was forced into exile.
The church was accused of “forming clandestine subversive groups” which were working against the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) dictatorship.
When he returned to Malawi, he worked as a rector at Kachebere Seminary and also taught at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.