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Cardinal Virgilio expresses condolence over Bishop Anton Pain Ratu death

Cardinal Virgilio expresses condolence over Bishop Anton Pain Ratu death

Bishop Anton Pain Ratu, SVD/Image Asian News

DILI, 08 january 2024 (TATOLI) – Cardinal Virgilio Do Carno, on behalf of Timorese people and Timor-Leste church expressed condolence over the death of Bishop Anton Pain Ratu, SVD, the Bishop Emeritus of Atambua Diocese, who passed away at the age of 95 years old on saturday, january 6, 2024, at the Regional General Hospital (RSUD), Mgr. Gabriel Manek, SVD, Atambua, Indonesia.

Following the death of Bishop Anton Pain Ratu, Cardinal Silva called the Bishop of Atambua, Dominikus Saku, to express his condolence.

 “Deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Bishop Anton Pain Ratu. I am very sorry for the Catholic communities in Atambua,” said Cardinal Silva in Dili.

The funeral ceremony of the late Bishop Anton Pain Ratu will take place on tuesday, January 9, in Atambua, where Cardinal Silva, accompanied by Bishop Norberto do Amaral, and a team from Timor-Leste will be present at the funeral ceremony.

Bishop Anton Pain Ratu was born in Lamawolo, Ile Boleng, East Flores, on january 2, 1929 and served as the as bishop of Atambua from 1984 until his resignation on june 2, 2007.

Undergoing episcopal ordination for 41 years, Bishop Ratu is the eldest bishop in Indonesia and the oldest bishop Emeritus among the thirteen bishops Emeritus in his country, according to the records, Asina News reported.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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