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CRI official Sister Karuna dies

Aug. 22, 2013

Holy Spirit Sister Karuna Maniyattu, who coordinated Conference of Religious India's social work activities, passed away today in Mumbai after a brief illness. She was 51. Her funeral will be conducted on Aug 25 at Jharsugda in Odisha, where she spent long years of her missionary life and where her provincial house is situated. The nun, a native of Kerala, was admitted in Holy Spirit hospital in Bandra on Aug. 17 after she complained of high fever, headache and vomiting. The end came at 2 pm Aug.22. “Different tests and investigations were done, including those for malaria, dengue and H1N1 but no diagnosis could be made. All we know is that she was infected with virus,” a CRI official said.

Sr. Maniyattu, who is based in New Delhi, had gone to Mumbai to attend the national consultation program organized by Streevani. “She was very much committed to the social apostolate with compassion heart and conviction. She worked in Odisha for a long time and was based in Bhubaneswar before she moved to New Delhi,” said Fr. Ajay Singh, a social activist based in Bhubaneswar. She was incredible and sociable person. “We would miss her smiling face and awesome personality,” he added.

As the coordinator of the CRI Socio-Economic network, called CRISEC, she networked with some 40,000 Religious who work across India in social service. In his condolence message, Br. Mani Mekkunnel, former national secretary of CRI, said that the nun was a rare gem among the religious of India. She was called Mother Teresa by her beneficiaries. “Her departure is a sudden and violent snatching away of a passionately committed companion and part of missionary dream in my life,” he added.

Source: UCAN

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