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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :