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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Brazil: Bishop Diaz, supporter of indigenous rights has died
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¬†Monsignor Apparecido Josť Dias, Bishop of Roraima, died after a long illness on Saturday aged 72, the Missionary News Service report. A member of the Society of the Divine Word, the bishop was a lively supporter of the rights of indigenous people. His illness was diagnosed 18 months ago; he made an initial recovery following surgery in San Paolo and recently said that he was optimistic he would be able to continue his demanding pastoral ministry in his diocese. However, his condition deteriorated unexpectedly a few days ago, when he was taken to hospital. On Friday, his condition worsened dramatically and he died on Saturday at around 7pm local time following a lengthy operation. MISNA sources said his death on the eve of Pentecost took the entire community by surprise. People close to the prelate remember him as a "great ally of the indigenous cause and of the poor in Roraima, whom he always carried in his heart." Source: MISNA
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