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Catholic priest killed by coronavirus buried


The remains of an Enugu Catholic Priest, Fr. Joachim Cabanyes, who died, yesterday, after contracting the deadly Coronavirus, had been laid to rest.
A statement from Bishop’s Secretary, Fr. Nkemjika Igweshi said Cabanyes’ body was committed to earth in the evening, following NCDC guidelines.
This is as the Enugu State government, yesterday, confirmed 595 reported cases of the virus, stressing that while 214 was on treatment, 17 had died.
Fr. Cabanyes died at the Isolation Centre in Enugu, where he was being treated.


It was gathered that the Priest, who hailed from Spain, had served in Opus Dei Prelature, Emene, Enugu for close to 30 years.
The church said: “The deceased was a nice, easy-going, cordial, generous, prayerful and dedicated priest. He loved our people so much and always attended Diocesan functions.

“As priests, we cannot shy away from our pastoral duties, but the only thing is just for us to take the normal precautions, as much as we can, as we go about ministering to people and administering sacraments…”

“Honestly, his death came to us as a rude shock because it had not been long, just over a week ago, that he told us that he tested positive for COVID- 19 and solicited our prayers. Nobody expected that he was going to succumb to the disease because he was very calm, peaceful and courageous. We had all hoped he would pull through. Everybody felt bad about his death.
“Please, as we pray for his peaceful repose, let us know that COVID-19 is real and do well to observe all the necessary health precautions and safety measures.”



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