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Archbishop Abel Gabuza has died

Coadjutor Archbishop Abel Gabuza has passed away. He succumbed to Covid-19 at the Hillcrest Hospital earlier today.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM expressed his thanks to Dr Skinner and the staff at the hospital for all that they did to care for the Archbishop.

“The Archbishop had not been with us in Durban long – just short of two years – but in that time we came to recognize him as a gentle, caring, and warm-hearted pastor. Through his gentleness, caring, and warmth he made an immediate impact on everyone who was privileged to make his acquaintance. That’s an added reason why his passing is such a tremendous loss to us and to the entire Church in Southern Africa,” he said.

Napier extended his heartfelt condolences to Archbishop Abel’s sister, Hildegarde, to his cousin and best friend, Khomotso, and extended family as well as the Archbishop and people of Pretoria, his home city and home diocese until he came to Durban via Kimberley.

Archbishop Abel Gabuza

“We also feel very much for the Church and people in Kimberley who suffer a double loss, first with their beloved Bishop being transferred to Durban and now his permanent transfer to the Lord’s Kingdom. On behalf of the priests, deacons and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Durban, we commend his soul to the hands of God and pray that he may enjoy eternal rest,” Napier added.

He said the Pope’s Ambassador to Southern Africa, Archbishop Peter Wells, has been informed. He in turn will inform the Holy See and ultimately Pope Francis.

“To all we express sincere thanks for the many prayers and sacrifices offered up on behalf of our beloved Brother and Coadjutor Archbishop Abel Gabuza. May he rest in peace! Well done good and faithful servant, enter the Kingdom of your Father!” Napier said.


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