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Young Indian priest found dead on Scottish beach

Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira's body discovered four days after going missing

Published: June 26, 2017 05:30 AM GMT

Updated: June 26, 2017 05:34 AM GMT

Young Indian priest found dead on Scottish beach

The cause of Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira's death has yet to be determined (Photo supplied)

A young Indian Catholic priest has been found dead on a Scottish beach after having been missing for four days.

Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira, 33, from Kerala in southern India was found dead on June 23 on a beach in Dunbar, about 45 kilometers east of the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

The cause of the young Carmelite priest's death has yet to be determined.

He was last seen on June 20 at his parish house and reported missing the next day after failing to appear for morning Mass.

"The news of Father Martin Xavier’s death comes as a great shock and a great sadness to all those who knew him and loved him," Independent Catholic News reported Archbishop Leo Cushley of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh as saying on June 24.

Father Martin Xavier was ordained a priest in 2013. He went to Scotland, in the United Kingdom in July 2016 to do a post-graduate course at Edinburgh University and was serving as the administrator of St. John’s Parish in Corstorphine, Edinburgh.

 

 

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