Ma­ny pe­o­p­le sign book of con­do­len­ces

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The­re was a hu­ge tur­nout at The Chan­cel­lery of the Paramaribo Di­o­ce­se be­cau­se ma­ny pe­o­p­le wan­ted to sign the book of con­do­len­ces to pay their res­pects to the la­te Bis­hop Aloy­si­us Zi­chem. Fa­roz Ab­doel­ra­zak, me­dia coo­r­di­na­tor at the Ro­man Ca­tho­lic Di­o­ce­se, told Ti­mes of Su­ri­na­me that pe­o­p­le from all over the coun­try show up at The Chan­cel­lery to pla­ce their sig­na­tu­res in the book of con­do­len­ces. “So­me of them star­ted to cry,” said Ab­doel­ra­zak who ad­ded that one must not for­get that ma­ny pe­o­p­le lo­ved the la­te mon­sig­nor. The me­dia coo­r­di­na­tor ex­pects ma­ny pe­o­p­le to keep showing up at The Chan­cel­lery. Mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty can sign the book of con­do­len­ces to­day un­til 1 p.m. To­day will be the last day that they will be ab­le to do so. The pu­blic can al­so bid a fi­nal fa­re­well to the la­te bis­hop to­day. His bo­dy will be pla­ced on the bier in the Saint Pe­ter & Paul Ca­the­dral Ba­si­li­ca from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Af­ter that the­re will be a pray­er ser­vi­ce un­til 20:30. “Pe­o­p­le will not be gi­ven the op­por­tu­ni­ty to bid a fi­nal fa­re­well af­ter the pray­er ser­vi­ce,” said Ab­doel­ra­zak who ad­ded that pe­o­p­le do not need a tic­ket to at­tend the pray­er ser­vi­ce. They will, howe­ver, need a tic­ket for Sun­day’s fu­ne­ral ser­vi­ce of Mon­sig­nor Zi­chem. Tic­kets are avai­la­ble at the fol­lo­wing lo­ca­ti­ons: Ma­ria Ko­nin­gin van de We­reld­kerk – Franklin­weg 2, La­tour, Drie­ko­nin­gen­kerk (Ra­j­pur) – Ver­leng­de Ma­ho­niel­aan 27, Alfon­si­us­kerk – Verl. Kei­zer­straat 65 and at the Se­cre­ta­ri­al Of­fi­ce at the Ca­the­dral Ba­si­li­ca lo­ca­ted along the Mgr. Wul­fingh­straat 2.

Mon­sig­nor Zi­chem pas­sed away on Sun­day at the age of 83. Ac­cor­ding to the Ro­man Ca­tho­lic Di­o­ce­se, Zi­chem was the bis­hop of Paramaribo from 1970 un­til 2002 which means that he was the head of the Ro­man Ca­tho­lic Church in Su­ri­na­me.

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