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Coronavirus Kills Bishop, Three Priests

In Sibolga Diocese, Indonesia, Bishop Anicetus Bongsu Sinaga OFMCap, 79, the first Indonesian bishop consecrated by John Paul II, died from Covid-19 on November 7.

In September 2018, Sinaga who was then the retired Medan Archbishop, was brought back to Sibolga, his first diocese, as the Apostolic Administrator.

He has written a book on the [pagan] “spirituality of Toba,” published by the Catholic University of Leuven entitled “The Toba-Batak High God: Transcendence and Immanence,” AsiaNews.it (November 9) reported.

A day before Sinaga, German born Capuchine Father Barnabas Johann Winkler OFMCap, 89, died from Covid-19. In late October the virus killed German born Capuchin Father Theophile Odenthal, 86.

A third capuchine, Father Servatius Sihotang, 47, died on October 10.
J G Tasan
Eternal rest grant unto them, O’ Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed – through the mercy of God – rest in peace. Amen.

O’ Lord, Your sorrowing Mother stood by Your cross; help us in our sorrows to share Your sufferings. Amen.


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