Priest buried after found hanging in Kalyan parish

October 5, 2016 by  
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Mumbai, October 5, 2016: The body of a 29-year-old Catholic priest, who was found hanging dead early on Sunday in his parish house in Kalyan diocese, was buried on Tuesday.

Father John Koovakunnel was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his room at St. Anthony Church when people arrived for Sunday morning Mass, local reports said quoting police sources.

The police suspect suicide, but could not attribute a motive for the action as the victim left no suicide note.

The parish room, in which the body was found hanging, was locked from inside. The priest’s parents say they have no idea as to what could have prompted him to take the extreme step.

Indian Express news paper quoted the spokesperson of Kalyan diocese saying the dioceses has “requested the authorities concerned for a detailed inquiry to find out the cause of death.”

The priest, a native of Kerala, had been working in the church for the past-year-and-half years.

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4 Responses to “Priest buried after found hanging in Kalyan parish”
  1. Vikram says:

    Its really sad to note priests are committing suicide. Of late this number has been growing. Church authorities should take take up this matter seriously and find the root cause. Looks like these young priests are caught todays world of temptation more due to access to modern gadgets and social media.

  2. Sr.Veronica says:

    It is a sad but strong reminder that we the members of the Church need to keep our priests in our earnest prayer and penance that costs. Theirs is a very challenging ministry.May God comfort Father’s parents and all who are mourning his untimely death whatever might be the cause of it.

  3. Denis Khan says:

    True conversation is expressing the negative and allowing the positive. We pretend the positive and suppress the negative.Suicide is a societal failure, where the victim feels that there is a huge communication chasm which cannot be crossed.
    May God Grant him eternal rest.

  4. Cedric Menezes says:

    Suicide most often is due to a mental breakdown. In days gone by, the Church would not encourage burial of such cases in the Christian cemetries. But late in the 20th century, the Church has taken a very positive view of this phenomenon, and has recognised that suicides does not mean that we should condemn. God in his infinite mercy knows all our weaknesses and surely does not judge the way we humans do. Let us continue to thank God for being a merciful God at all times. We do express our deepest condolences and sympathies towards the family of the young priest who went away so early. We trust that God in his infinite mercy will welcome him into his heavenly kingdom.

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