State funeral for Archbishop Ziyaye: Body arrives on Thursday, burial Saturday

The body of the late Archbishop of Lilongwe Tarcisius Ziyaye will arrive in the country this Thursday through Kamuzu International Airport  (KIA) at around14:30 hours after  he died at a hospital in Namibia on Monday.  He was 71.

Ziyaye to be laid to rest on Saturday

After arrival, there will be several masses in Maula Cathedral until burial on Saturday

But Catholic Church  communication coordinator  Fr. Louis Chikanya said in a media statement that the main  solemn Requiem Mass will be on Friday at Civo Stadium since it will be State funeral.

Maula Parish council had an emergency meeting on Wednesday evening chaired by Monsignor Patrick Thawale,  who was vicar general of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe during Ziyaye’s tenure, where it was confirmed that Ziyaye’s remains are expected to arrive through KIA at 14:30 hours.

According the minutes of the meeting, Small Christian Communities (miphakati) are requested to organise themselves to be at the airport to welcome the body.

“The body  will then be taken to Mthunzi Funeral Parlour from the airport for further preparation,” reads part of  the minutes.

According to the minutes, from the airport, the body will be taken to Poor Clares Chapel where the first mass will be conducted.

After the mass from the Poor Clares Chapel, the body will be taken to Maula cathedral where it will lie in state and several masses will be conducted throughout the night.

Main requiem mass will be at Civo stadium at 09:00 hours on Friday and after the Civo stadium mass, the body will be taken back to the cathedral.

Meanwhile, Government through the Public Events office is in discussions with the Church on the burial programme.

According to the meeting, the body will be buried within the cathedral premises since he was a serving bishop.

Described as humble by many, Ziyaye was ordained priest on August 14 1977.

He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Diocese of Dedza on November 26 1991 before becoming bishop of Lilongwe on May 4 1993. On January 23 2001, he became archbishop of the Archdiocese of Blantyre.

From July 3 2013, Ziyaye was appointed archbishop of the newly declared Archbishop of Lilongwe, a position he served until his death on Monday.

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Azinyemba
Azinyemba
7 months ago

Mibwete yazimamu leave Catholic church alone

Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
7 months ago

Ziwanda ziliphweee.Mulungu+Mulungu+Mulungu/1+1+1
Potelepa ansala yake ati ndi 1
Osamawanyengelera awa aloma ndi opembedza Mdyelekezi
Kumangosocheletsa mbuzi
Akayankha asiyeni

africa
africa
7 months ago

nsanje mumphulika mphuliiii.. now wonder you are blind…

John chidongo
7 months ago

We Catholics were strong own our own that the Government .We are state own our own so tisiyireni tichite mwa chi katolika chanthu. Zilemere kwambirinso.

Zabweka
Zabweka
7 months ago
Reply to  John chidongo

Zoona inu si achipembezo koma andale obisala kuseli kwa chipembezo.

Zabweka
Zabweka
7 months ago
Reply to  John chidongo

Zoona inu si achipembezo koma andale obisala kuseli kwa chimbezo.

Jocker
7 months ago
Reply to  John chidongo

You used to cheat the world that Roman Catholic is a church but not maybe you don’t know let me tell you, I think you have heard about Roman Empire that ruled the whole world but because in those days people were not accessed freedom and some were killed, it happened that France’s General called Bathier caught Pope and put him in the Prison in France and died there. It is where the roman empire became a Roman Catholic after it realized that if we introduce ourself as roman empire people will not believe us but rather be as a… Read more »

Nafuneya
7 months ago

Double standards! Ku Civo kulibeko covid?

Kalichero
7 months ago

Kodi nde ku CIVO ko, sikukapezeka Covid? Malawians we play double standards akapempha prophet ku Bingu stadium timati kuli Covid.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
7 months ago

State funeral?

Yahudah
Yahudah
7 months ago

One less devil to pervert the sheeple in malawi to pray to white jesus an idol instead of serving the living Mighty One YAH.

Masharubu
Masharubu
7 months ago
Reply to  Yahudah

Chitsiru cha munthu…..

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
7 months ago

Church funeral done according to Catholic rites and traditions is sufficient. Give state funerals to your chiefs, politicians and others connected to the state

me&them
me&them
7 months ago

muli nkena kakukhosi osati za maliro zokhazi inuyo. pepani kuti muchira ngakhale mochedwerapo. ngati simudziwa meaning ya state funeral pitani ku xool

Chisale
Chisale
7 months ago

Can the govt just let the Catholics celebrate the Bishop’s life the Catholic way instead of jumping in for this trend of state funeral? Having the mass at Civo is because so many parishes in Lilongwe would attend not because of state funeral.

Man simple
Man simple
7 months ago
Reply to  Chisale

It does not make sense to conduct state funeral.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
7 months ago
Reply to  Chisale

Let us have a picture that you know what your talking about at least as a human being. Do not just write for the sake of it. Do you think those that have considered it to be state funeral have no better ideas than they have done. Inuyo okhoza kuganiza?

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