Maseru, 19 April, 2021 / 7:15 pm (ACI Africa).
A member of the Clergy in Lesotho has, in his tribute to late Sebastian Cardinal Koto Khoarai, credited the first-ever Cardinal in the Southern African nation for bringing the country to the global arena.
The emeritus Bishop of Mohale’s Hoek in Lesotho who died Saturday, April 17 at the age of 91 had been elevated to Cardinal in November 2016.
Recalling the elevation of member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), the Secretary General of the Lesotho Catholic Bishops’ Conference (LCBC), Fr. Hosea Chale told ACI Africa Monday, April 19, “He was the first Cardinal in the country and Lesotho being the small country it is, it is not known in many parts of the world.”
“In 2016, when the news came that he was among the Cardinals named by the Pope, people were curious to know where Lesotho is. He made our country known in the world,” Fr. Chale who has been serving as the Secretary General of LCBC since 2014 further said.
The Mosotho Cleric shared details of Cardinal Khoarai’ s death saying, “The Cardinal died on Saturday the 17th around 1 pm at the Mazenod House, the house of the Oblates for the sick and elderly members of their congregation.”