Huambo, 18 April, 2023 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The late Archbishop Francisco Viti who died at the age of 89 on April 15 in Angola’s Huambo Archdiocese has been eulogized as “a zealous Pastor” and a “selfless” servant of the people of God.
The Angolan-born Catholic Archbishop who had been at the helm of Huambo Archdiocese from September 1986 till his retirement in July 2003 died at the “Cardinal Alexandre de Nascimento Cardiopulmonary Hospital, in Luanda, at 7:50 pm, after fighting for his life, as the result of a car accident that occurred last February,” the Local Ordinary of Huambo Archdiocese has said in a statement.
In the statement issued April 15, Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins says, “In a moment like this, all of us Christians, of our Archdiocese of Huambo and beyond, keep in communion of prayers before the Lord of Life, in favor of the one who was our Archbishop emeritus, so that he may rest in peace.”
Archbishop Zeca further says, “Organizational aspects of his funeral ceremonies will be announced in due course.”
On February 19, the 89-year-old Catholic Church leader was involved in a road accident, when the car he was driving overturned. He was returning from a pastoral visit in the Diocese of Menongue in Cuando Cubango Province, Southeastern Angola.