archbishop raphael cheenathMumbai: Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Emeritus Mar Raphael Cheenath (82) passed away at the Holy Spirit Hospital here on Sunday.

He was undergoing treatments for some time due to ill health.

The funeral will be held at Andheri Sacred Heart Church at 3 pm on Wednesday. Mar Cheenath is a native of Palissery in Thrissur.

The archdiocese Cuttack-Bhubaneswar covers Kandhamal district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha that witnessed an anti-Christian violence in 2008. Archbishop provided support to the people during the violence.

After his school education, he joined the Society of Divine Word (SVD) and was ordained priest in 1963. He became the Bishop of Sambalpur in 1974. He was appointed as the Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar in 1985. In 2011, he retired from the Office of the Archbishop.