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Father Thomas Pandippallyil, new martyr #297725 08/19/08 07:25 PM
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May we all experience the help of Father Thomas' holy martyric prayers! Silouan, unworthy monk

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More martyrs: a Carmelite priest is massacred in Andhra Pradesh
Nirmala Carvalho
38 year old Fr. Thomas Pandippallyil, was assassinate don the night of August 16th, 2008 on his way to a village to celebrate Sunday mass. His body showed signs of torture, with wounds to his face, his hands and legs broken and his eyes pulled from their sockets. The bishop of Hyderabad denounces the growing climate of “violence against Catholics” in the country.


New Delhi (AsiaNews) – “Father Thomas is a martyr: he sacrificed his life for the poor and marginalised. But he did not die in vain, because his body and his blood enrich the Church in India, particularly the Church in Andhra Pradesh”. Those are the words of Msgr. Marampudi Joji, archbishop of Hyderabad and secretary of the bishops’ conference of Andhra Pradesh (a state in South East India), commenting the barbarous killing of the Carmelite priest Thomas Pandippallyil, 38, assassinated on the night of August 16th in Mosalikunta, on the road between Lingampet and Yellareddy, 90 km from the regional capital.

On the night of August 16th his body was found on the roadside by a group of people, not far from the village of Balampilly; the body of the Carmelite of Mary Immaculate carried wounds to the face while the hands and legs had been crushed and the eyes gouged out. His motorbike was found one kilometre on from the body. According to witnesses, Saturday afternoon Fr. Thomas celebrated mass in Burgida, before setting out for another village in the district where he was to have celebrated Sunday mass. The last people to have seen him alive were religious sisters from Lingapetta convent, where the priest had stopped for supper before continuing his journey.

“P. Thomas is a martyr – said Msgr. Marampudi, archbishop of Hyderabad, on hearing of the brutal murder. The Indian Church is shocked and deeply saddened by this barbarous killing, the result of a growing climate of intolerance and violence against Christians in this country”. The prelate immediately made his way to the area where the massacre took place and speaks of a “traumatized” Christian community. He forcefully denies accusations of “proselytism and forced conversions”. Given that there are “five families of Catholic faith” in the parish where Fr. Thomas was murdered.

Msgr. Marampudi Joji maintains the crime is the result of a climate of “jealousy of the Catholic Church”, whose only fault is that of trying to help develop the abandoned rural areas of the country and support and aid those who are “victims of violence and oppression”. “Priests and nuns – continues the archbishop of Hyderabad – have for decades been at the service of the least fortunate in India, and this makes them targets of forces of evil who do not want the marginalized and impoverished to become empowered”.



The remains of Fr. Thomas Pandippallyil will be laid to rest on Wednesday in the Carmelite provincial house in Balampilly: the priest was actively involved in educational field. He joined the Chanda mission of the CMI on 24th June 1987. He was ordained a priest in 2002. He was the rector for the Chanda mission province of the CMI, and also worked as hospital administrator, school manager and mission centre director.

Re: Father Thomas Pandippallyil, new martyr [Re: monksilouan] #297731 08/19/08 09:08 PM
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This is a very difficult post to read.

Vic'naja jemu pamjat, Father Thomas.

Re: Father Thomas Pandippallyil, new martyr [Re: a pilgrim] #297741 08/19/08 09:36 PM
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May God have mercy on the souls of those who killed him

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Eternal memory!

I was struck by the notice posted on the Carmelite web page, that recalled how the priest Thomas was always gracious and ministered cheerfully. It said Father was 'like a lute player in the village' gathering the faithful with joy.

Such an attractive phrase and high praise! May God be glorified through the martyrdom of his faithful servant.

the unworthy,
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Re: Father Thomas Pandippallyil, new martyr [Re: Hieromonk Elias] #297766 08/20/08 04:08 AM
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"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
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Eternal memory and grace, peace, pardon and repentence to those so misguided and depraved they engage in such wickedness.

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Originally Posted by A Simple Sinner
Eternal memory and grace, peace, pardon and repentence to those so misguided and depraved they engage in such wickedness.


AMEN

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