Renowned educationist and Archbishop Emeritus of Kolkata, Henry Sebastian D’Souza, passed away on Monday following age-related illness. He was 90 years old and was appointed the Archbishop of Kolkata in 1986, a position he served till his retirement in 2002.
He was the founder of the Sacred Heart School in Kharagpur town and had written several articles on education in several journals. D’Souza was also a keen follower of sports. He became internationally renowned as he was the Archbishop when Mother Teresa passed away. Later, he played a crucial role in initiating the process of her canonisation.
He served as the president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India and secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conference. He also had spells as the Bishop of Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar. Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien tweeted that he was a family friend and will be remembered as a prominent educationist.