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Kerala Church mourns death of new priest

January 14, 2011

INDIA: Church people in Kerala are mourning the loss of a recently ordained priest who was killed in a road accident.

Norbertine Father Joby Vettukallingal, 31, died when his motorcycle collided with a truck at Kolagappara in Mananthavady diocese on Jan. 13. He was the first priest from Marakadavu parish in the diocese and was ordained on Jan. 4.

“His demise is a great shock to the congregation and a great loss to the Church,” said Norbertine Father Jose Anthanattu.

“We are so sad… We celebrated his ordination only last week,” said Raju Chovattukunnel, a Catholic from the parish.

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