The Parishoners of a Catholic church in Umuchu town in Aguata local government of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria, have been hit with a very sad news.
It is said that their 82-year-old priest slumped on the church altar and died while celebrating mass. This has thrown the entire congregation and parishoners into mourning.
The priest, Rev Father Emmanuel Idika, is reported to have slumped at Our Lady of Fatima parish in Umuchu while he was conducting mass.
Immediately the unfortunate incidence happened, church workers rushed to the altar and took him to a hospital but was already found dead, before doctors could attend to him.
The Rev. Father Idika who hailled from Umunze in Orumba South in Anambra, was posted to the parish after he retired from active priesthood.
In his benevolence, he volunteered to assist other priests to celebrate mass.