The remains of the former Catholic Bishop of Mannar and lifelong Tamil rights activist, Right Reverend Dr Rayappu Joseph are reposing at the Mannar Diocese’s Monastery today.
The remains of the Bishop was brought from Jaffna to the Mannar yesterday.
Today, thousands of people, regardless of race and religion, paid their last respects to the late Bishop in tears.
The public in Mannar district, including political figures, government officials, bishops and nuns, are also paying homage to the remains of the bishop.
His remains will be taken from the Mannar diocese to the Mannar St. Sebastian’s Cathedral tomorrow at 3 pm. It will be kept there for public viewing till Monday at 2 p.m. His burial service will be held at the Cathedral on Monday at 3 p.m.