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Indian police search for missing Jesuit
Brother Mariadoss Antonimuthu has not been seen in Chennai since Jan. 17
- Leo Fernando, Chennai
- January 27, 2011
Brother Mariadoss Antonimuthu, 65, was working with Pathai Illam, a Jesuit-run organization helping the rural poor.
â€śBrother Antonimuthu was supposed to arrive at the office on January 17. He is still missing,â€ť Jesuit Father Joe Arun, secretary of Jesuit-managed Loyola College in Chennai, told ucanews.com yesterday.
â€śWe are still searching for him,â€ť he said.
Meanwhile, police have launched a statewide search for the Jesuit.
The Brother had been expected back at his office following a three-day charismatic retreat conducted by a fellow Jesuit.
After he didnâ€™t show up on Jan. 17, staff contacted the Jesuits to inquire as to his whereabouts. They also discovered his mobile phone had been switched off.
The Jesuits later lodged a missing personâ€™s report and two police teams are currently searching shrines and ashrams in Tamil Nadu state.
Father Arun said the Jesuits believe the Brother may be suffering from memory loss.
â€śTill now, he has not communicated with anybody in our community or his relatives,â€ť the priest said.
â€śWe are deeply pained by his disappearance and hope that we will soon find him, the Jesuit priest added.
The missing Jesuit, who wears saffron clothes and has a beard, is known to lead an austere life and was interested in the Catholic charismatic movement.
He had worked in government as an engineer before joining the Jesuits.
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