Kerala on March 4 witness-ed a rare gesture of forgiveness when the mother of a slain Catholic priest visited the killer’s family to pardon him.
“I forgive him,” Thressia Thelakkat told media persons after comforting the wife and family members of Johny Vattaparampil, a former church sexton. Pictures of the elderly woman comforting Annie, Vattaparampil’s wife, have gone viral on social media.
“Vattaparampil’s family was isolated and lived in misery and dejection. The visit has brought great relief to them,” reported News Vision, a local TV channel.
The visit came a day after Cardinal George Alencherry, head of the Syro-Malabar Chur-ch, pardoned Vattaparambil. The cardinal led the priest’s funeral in Cheranalloor East parish of Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese.
Father Thelakkat was the rector of famous of St Thomas pilgrimage centre in Mala-yattoor where Vattaparambil worked as sexton for the past 37 years. The priest sacked him three months ago allegedly for coming drunk to duty.