MZUZU--A cloud of sorrow hovers over the Catholic community in Malawi with the news of the death on Saturday of Emeritus Bishop Felix Euginio Mkhori.
Bishop Emeritus Felix Mkhori of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, died Saturday morning at a private hospital in Blantyre, aged 81, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) announced.
Fr George Buleya, who signed the statement announcing the death, said Mkhori had been admitted at Mwai Wathu Private Hospital on October 13. The cause of his death wasn't stated.
The ECM said Mkhori will buried on Wednesday at Chikwawa Cathedral where he served as Bishop from 1978 to 2001.
Mkhori was born on August 24, 1931. He was ordained priest on September 8, 1961 and consecrated Bishop on January 8, 1978. He served as Bishop of Chikwawa until January 23, 2001 when he became Bishop of the Diocese of Lilongwe.
He was among the seven Catholic bishops who issued the famous 1992 Pastoral Letter that condemned Kamuzu Banda's autocratic rule. After the publication of the letter, Mkhori was put under house arrest along with other Catholic clerics.
Upon reaching 75, Mkhori resigned as Bishop on July 4 in 2007 and retired to Nchalo's St. Montfort in Chikwawa until his death.
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