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Indian shrine rector stabbed to death; police arrest former sacristan

Fr Xavier Thelakkat, rector of the shrine of St Thomas at Malayattoor, was stabbed to death on 1st March around noon.

Police arrested Johny Vattekadan, a sacristan whom Fr Thelakkat had suspended earlier for misconduct, including alcoholism. Witnesses said the two were arguing when the former sacristan stabbed the priest.

St Thomas shrine sits on a hill about 30 miles north of Cochin. The Vatican had granted the shrine international status in 2004.

Fr Thelakkat, 52, had been rector there since 2011. He was stabbed at the Sixth Station of the Cross as he came down the hill after checking on preparations for the annual Lenten pilgrimage.

An official of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly said although the priest was only stabbed in the thigh and leg, “It took time to bring the profusely bleeding priest down the slopes to rush him to (a) hospital.”

“Fr Xavier was dead by the time he was taken to the hospital,” the official added.

The official said local youth tracked Vattekadan in the nearby jungle, then summoned police.

Picture: Fr Xavier Thelakkat, rector of the shrine of St Thomas at Malayattoor, India, is seen in this undated photo. He was stabbed to death on 1st March around noon. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara).

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JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

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With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

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Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions...

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