13 February 2013

Tanzania: Mkapa to Grace Former Bishop Msarikie Burial

Moshi — FORMER President Benjamin Mkapa will be among several other dignitaries, who have confirmed to attend the burial ceremony tomorrow for the retired Moshi Catholic Diocesan Bishop, the late Right Reverend Amedeus Msarikie, the Diocesan Secretary General, Monsignor Paul Urica, has revealed.

Bishop Msarikie died at Nairobi Hospital on Thursday last week. He mentioned other dignitaries, who will attend the ceremony, as His Eminence Polycarp Cardinal Pengo, the Papal Pro-Nuncio, the Minister of the State in the President's Office, Mr Stephen Wasira, and the leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mr Freeman Mbowe and nominated legislator, Mr James Mbatia.

Monsignor Uria told newsmen that a requiem mass for the departed Bishop Msarikie was celebrated at the Minor Basilica Church, led by Cardinal John Njuu and that the casket bearing the body of the deceased will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 9.30am today aboard a Kenyan Airways flight.

The body of the late Bishop will later be received by the incumbent Bishop Isaac Amani and placed in front of the Christ the King Cathedral for people to pay their last respects, from 4.10pm to 5.00pm and later vespers and vigil will follow from 11.00 pm to 6.00 am.

According to Monsignor Uria, the burial will start at 1.30pm inside the Cathedral after delivery of messages of condolences. It is a tradition of the Roman Catholic Church to bury bishops in churches. Bishop Msarike died at Nairobi National Hospital last Thursday at the age of 82 after a short illness.

The late Bishop was in charge of the diocese for 23 years from 1986 to 2009, when he retired and he was succeeded by the incumbent Bishop, Right Reverend Isaac Amani. Before he was consecrated Bishop of Moshi Diocese, he taught at St James Seminary at Kilema Chini in Moshi Rural District. He was later appointed Rector of the Seminary.

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