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Bishop Francis' burial: Archbishop Zeeglear pays tribute

By Edward Kennedy
The remains of Bishop Michael Francis being carried for burial
The remains of Bishop Michael Francis being carried for burial

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-Catholic Archbishop, Lewis Zeeglear, has paid tribute to fallen Catholic Archbishop Emeritus, Michael Kpakala Francis, for his stance against ills in the Liberian society.

Archbishop Zeeglear said: “Bishop Francis’ advocacy for social justice in Liberia is being realized gradually in the country with many progresses in all sectors of the society.”

He described Bishop Francis as a man of ‘great faith’ who spoke fearlessly against poverty, corruption, oppression, and social justice for the betterment of all Liberians.

Archbishop Zeeglear spoke in Monrovia Saturday, June 1, 2013 when he delivered the homily at the funeral of the late Archbishop-emeritus Francis.

Following the funeral Saturday, Archbishop emeritus Francis was laid to rest at the premises of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Liberian Capital, Monrovia. 

Archbishop Zeeglear quoted President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as haven said: “Archbishop Michael Francis is the ‘conscience of the nation.”

“Be forever grateful to him for the tender way he responded to your needs,” he called on Liberians.

He consoled the bereaved family to take solace in the Lord and not to give up in spite of whatever suffering they may be going through.

Meanwhile, Catholic Pop, Francis has extended condolences to the bereaved family and to all Liberians for the irreparable loss and later offered prayers.

Also speaking at the funeral, Vice President, Joseph Boakai, described Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis as a ‘true patriot’ who deserves a heroic home going.

Vice President Boakai said: “The fallen Archbishop stood against bad governance and dictatorship in Liberia.”

Archbishop emeritus Michael Kpakala Francis died Sunday, May 19, 2013 at his private residence in Sinkor in Monrovia.

He died after struggling with the aftermath of a stroke which took his speech and rendered him immobile for nine years.

The body of the fearless Catholic Cleric was removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlors also in Sinkor, as thousands took part in the procession ferrying his remains to the Sacred Heart Cathedral, where one-night of wake-keeping was held.

The renowned human rights advocate became Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia in 1981.


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