Purackal to be Servant of God
: The late Monsignor Reynolds Purackal of the Alappuzha Diocese will be declared a Servant of God, the first step towards canonisation, here on December 28.
Addressing a press conference here, Alappuzha Diocese Bishop Stephen Athipozhiyil said the declaration would be made during a special pontifical mass on December 28. The declaration would be preceded by a two-day memorial programme at the Leo XIII auditorium, the St. Antony's Orphanage and the diocese church.
Born on December 28, 1910, the late Rev. Purackal was known as Alappuzha's ‘Valiyachen' and worked throughout his life to help
orphans and destitute people sans the boundaries of religion, Bishop Athipozhiyil said.