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India: Former archbishop of Goa-Daman dies at 95

Archbishop Emeritus Raul Nicolau Gonsalves (Photo supplied)

The former Archbishop Raul Nicolau Gonsalves, the first native prelate of Goa-Daman Archdiocese, western India, died on July 1. He was 96.

“We are deeply pained to inform you that our dear Archbishop Emeritus Raul Nicolau Gonsalves has passed away at 08:54 hrs (local time) today morning, in the adjacent JMJ Hospital, where he was ailing for the last 10 days,” said a note from the Director of Clergy Home, Alto Porvorim.

Gonsalves had completed 95 years of age on June 15. He had shepherded the Archdiocese for 37 years.

Funeral details are awaited.

He was born at Bambolim, Goa on June 15, 1927, and ordained priest on December 21, 1950.

He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Goa and Damão on January 5, 1967, and ordained Bishop on March 5, 1967.

He was appointed Archbishop of Goa and Damão and Patriarch of East Indies on January 30, 1978.

He retired from active episcopal ministry on December 13, 2003.

He is a priest for 71 years and a Bishop for 55 years. - Stephen Alathara 


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