“We had the privilege of learning and working alongside him (the late Bishop) for many years. He was pleasant to be around for his humility, his greatness of spirit, his intelligence and his openness,” Fr. Ernest posted on his Facebook account.
“Dear Monsignor, Rest in peace in the joy of the Sovereign Master. May He welcome you in His Heavenly Kingdom and permit you to pray for us who are still walking through the valley of tears with faith and hope that one day we will find ourselves again working for Communion and eternal Communication,” eulogized the Ivorian Cleric who is also the Parish Priest of Koun Fao in the eastern region of Ivory Coast.
In another tribute shared with ACI Africa, Monday, July 20, Lazare Koffi Koffi, a Catholic journalist based in Abidjan recounts the contributions of the late Bishop in forming his career.
“It was under his leadership, in 1987, when he was then President of the National Commission for Social Communications at the level of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast, that I was initiated into journalism. It is thanks to the late Bishop that many Priests and lay faithful were also introduced to journalism,” Koffi writes.
He continues, “Thanks to Bishop Coty, I was sent to Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso to the headquarters of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) to further my training in journalism.”
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“Following this, I was chosen to be a correspondent for Religio, a Vatican-based bulletin specializing in experiences of dialogue not only between Christians and Muslims but also between Christians and followers of traditional religions,” the Abidjan-based Catholic journalist recalls.
He continues, “As this eminent man of God is leaving us, I would like to pay tribute to his memory and thank him for all the interest he has shown in my person and for all the religious formation he has lovingly given me, a formation which today constitutes the depths of my ideological conscience, which I place at the service of my brothers and sisters and my people in my struggle for human development.”
Born in Anyama-Adjamé in south-eastern Ivory Coast in November 1927, Bishop Coty was ordained a Priest of the Archdiocese of Abidjan in July 1955. He was appointed Bishop of Daloa in November 1975 by Pope Paul VI. He retired in March 2005.
Members of CECCI are yet to announce the date of his burial.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.