Shillong: Amid increasing curiosity among the masses about the non-arrival of the mortal remains of Archbishop of Shillong Dominic Jala till date, the Archbishop’s House on Thursday informed the media that the delay has been caused due to the unavailability of seats in airlines flying from San Francisco to New Delhi.
Addressing media persons, general secretary of Catholic Association, Shillong, Barnabas Nongbah, said, “This media interaction has been organised due to a lot of false information being circulated about the arrival of the mortal remains of Archbishop. We don’t want to speculate anything that is not sure when the mortal remains will arrive. Whatever information we have we will inform you.”
While addressing the media, acting chancellor of Archbishop’s House, Father Jimmy Marngar, said, “We understand the anguish and longing of the people to know the exact date and time of the arrival of late Archbishop Dominic Jala. I assure you that we are doing everything possible to bring back the body of Archbishop as early as possible.”
Meghalaya legislator Vincent Pala flew to the United States on Wednesday to coordinate with the Indian Consular office to ensure a smooth transfer of the mortal remains from California to Shillong. Pala and three priests are in the United States to do the needful and accompany the body to India.
Meanwhile, compulsory formalities like, autopsy, embalming of the body, etc., to carry it from USA to Meghalaya have already been completed.
“According to plan, once the mortal remains arrive in Guwahati, the remains will first go to St Joseph’s Church in Guwahati, then it would enter Byrnihat Parish, then Nongpoh Parish, followed by Umsning Parish and it would travel through Mawlai by-pass which will then be taken to Archbishop’s House where a mass will be held and finally, it will be brought to the cathedral in Laitumkhrah. While the time and date is yet to be announced due to the uncertainty of seats available in flights,” said Barnabas Nongbah.
The Archbishop’s House also informed that once the mortal remains arrive there will be a specific day where people will be able to come and pay their tributes to Archbishop.
Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, Most Rev Dominic Jala, was killed in a road accident in California, US on October 10.