“Our thoughts reach out to the staff of Radio Veritas who have lost the one who was their inspiration, director and friend,” they say in their condolence message.
For Günther Simmermacher, the editor of the Southern Cross, Fr. Emil was a “superb radio man” who was “self-effacing about calling himself a journalist.”
“You are a real journalist, I can’t compete with that, he told me many times,” Mr. Simmermacher recalls and adds, “Every time I’d tell him that journalists come in all shapes and forms and that he very much was a journalist.”
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The editor at the only Catholic newspaper in South Africa further says, “I suspect that the radio work came so naturally to Fr. Emil that he felt he couldn’t claim credit for it. But he connected with people on-air, much as he did in person. That is the mark of a great broadcaster. And a great broadcaster, Fr. Emil, is a journalist.”
“That (Fr.) Emil was released from the body, which in the end trapped his spirit November 16 is a very sad day for those of us who knew and loved Fr. Emil. But for Fr. Emil, it was a good day. Freed from the shackles of this world, he is now meeting God. In heaven, Fr. Emil, please pray for us,” Mr. Simmermacher says.
Members of the nine-nation Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) have mourned the late Priest whose “love for the gospel saw him paying particular attention to the establishment of Radio Veritas so that indeed God's Word could reach far and wide.”
IMBISA's leadership has expressed the hope that “more people may take seriously the task of spreading the Word of God through the media and especially through Radio.”
“We pray for the repose of his soul with the sure hope that he may enjoy the beatific vision promised to all God's children,” the leadership of IMBISA implores in a statement published November 17.