Malawi Catholic church grieves death of Bishop Mkhori: PAC pays tribute

Malawi Catholics are grieving the death of emeritus Bishop Felix Eugenio who Mkhori who  passed away on Saturday at the age of 81.

ECM Chairperson Bishop Joseph Zuza, Archbishop of Lilongwe Archdiocese and Bishop Peter Musikuwa of Chikwawa diocese, announced in a statement made available to Nyasa Times  that Late Bishop Mkhori died on Saturday morning at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre.

Bishop Mkhori was one of the seven Roman Catholic Bishops who signed the Pastoral Letter which criticized the human rights abuses and power abuse of the Kamuzu Banda regime.

Mkhori, along with the other Bishops, was placed under house arrest and condemned to death.

Last year the Bishop held special celebrations for his golden jubilee (50 years) of priesthood.

Bishop Mkhori : Passed away

Mkhori, who comes from Thyolo, in the Blantyre Archdiocese was ordained priest in 1961 and consecrated bishop in 1978.

He was Chikwawa Diocese bishop – where among other things managed to construct Mzimu Woyera minor Seminary and St Lawrence Girls secondary school -before taking over Lilongwe diocese in 2001.

He retired on February 18, 2006.

PAC ‘s tribute

Meanwhile, the  Public  Affairs  Committee (PAC) says  it   is  deeply  shocked  to  learn  about  the  death  of Bishop   Mkhori, saying   the “ entire   religious  community  has  lost  an  important  Bishop  who  sacrificed  a  lot  during  the  Malawi’s  political  transition.”

“The  Late  Bishop   made  tremendous  contribution  towards  the  formation  of   the  [PAC] organisation  during  the  transition , in  particular  in  defining  its  architecture,” said a statement issued by PAC  executive director  Robert  Phiri .

“PAC  has  lost  one  of  the  experienced  mediators  as  far  as  political  disputes  as  concerned  in  Malawi,” reads the statement. “He  was  a  very  calm  and  composed  mediator  such  that  the  gap  left  will  be  difficult  to  fill.”

Mkhori is expected to be laid to rest on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Mzimu Woyera Seminary Cemetery in Chikhwawa.

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