07 August 2011; Kochi: Former head of the Varappuzha Arch Diocese Arch Bishop Dr. Cornelius Elanjikkal (93) has passed away here Sunday. He died at 7.30 a.m. Sunday.
The Bishop was undergoing treatment in the last few days after detecting an infection in his lungs.
After serving the head of the Vijayapuram Diocese for 15 years, the Bishop took charge as the head of the Varappuzha Arch Diocese in 1987 as the successor to Dr. Joseph Kelanthara.
After retiring from the post in 1996, the Bishop was leading a retired life at Chembumukku, Kakkanad, near here.
The Bishop had waged wars against several social injustices and initiated several projects for the dalits and the downtrodden people.
The Bishop had also penned several songs to be sung during holy rites.
May his soul rest in peace.