Kerala's 93 years young, Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Varappuzha Arch Diocese and former Bishop of Vijayapuram Diocese, who passed away about 7.30 a.m. on Sunday (7-8-2011) following old-age related illness, is to be given a ceremonial funeral at St. Francis Assisi Cathedral on Tuesday (9th August, 2011).
The Late Archbishop, whose sense of humour and affection endeared him to the people, was a Vedic scholar with vast knowledge of Hindu theology. He was also a prolific composer of Christian devotional songs.
Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy was among the dignitaries from political and social sections, who paid their last respects to the Archbishop at Lourdes Hospital in Ernakulam on Sunday.
The Metropolitan Archbishop Elenjickal was recalled by the Kerala Minister for Information and Public Relations K.C. Joseph as a person who fought valiantly for social justice and a person with a lot of warmth and kindness.
Union Minister of State for Civil Supplies K.V. Thomas and Kerala's Minister for Electricity, Aryadan Mohammed and many other politicians recalled his as a person with humilty and great spirituality.