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14 Catholic Priests in India Succumb to COVID-19 in 4 Days

The total number of infections in the country has already reached 16 million, and fatalities at almost 200,000.

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of as many as 14 Catholic priests between April 20 and 23 in India, according to information gathered from around the country.

Over the past few months, India’s media outlets have been overwhelmed by distressing scenes of hospitals dealing with surges in COVID-19 cases. Many have been experiencing critical shortages in beds and ICU facilities, with patients suffocating to death due to insufficient supply of oxygen.

On Saturday, April 24, the country marked its worst COVID-19 spike with a total of 346,786 new cases. This brings the total number of infections in the country to 16 million and fatalities to 189,544. (Read: Pope Declares ‘Global Rosary Marathon’ for End of COVID-19)

Catholic Priests Infected

Over the past month, more than 20 Catholic priests in India succumbed to the deadly COVID-19 virus. The latest cases were the 14 Catholic priests who passed away between April 20 and 23. (Read: 167 Catholic Priests Succumb to COVID-19 Since February)

My Pope Philippines remembers and honors these priests who lived their lives in service to the Lord and their neighbors. See their names below:

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(Left to right) Fr. Lijo Thomas, Fr George Karamayil, SJ, and Fr Srinivasan SJ (Photos from Matters India)

April 23, Friday

  • Fr. Lijo Thomas, Nagpur Archdiocese
  • Fr. Christudas, tribal rights activist
  • Fr. Srinivasan, Madurai Jesuit province
  • Fr. Diago Dsouza, Bombay Jesuit province
  • Fr. Arulsamy, Bhopal Archdiocese

April 22, Thursday

  • Fr. Martin Anthony, Bangalore Archdiocese
  • Fr. Praveen Hrudayaraj, Karnataka Jesuit province

April 21, Wednesday

  • Fr. Basant Lakra, Lucknow Diocese
  • Fr. George Karamayil, SJ of Patna
  • Fr. Thomas Akkara SVD, Raipur Archdiocese
  • Joseph Cherusseril, Raipur Archdiocese
  • Fr. Theodore Toppo, Jagdalpur Diocese

April 20, Tuesday

  • Fr. Antony Kunnath, Raipur Archdiocese
  • Fr. Sanjay Francis, Meerut Diocese

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