Son of the soil – Cardinal Simon Pimenta’s (93) Funeral on 23rd July.
Maharashtra, July 21, 2013: We regret to announce the sad demise of Cardinal Simon Pimenta, Archbishop Emeritus of Bombay, Cardinal-Priest of S Maria “Regina Mundi” a Torre Spaccata. The funeral Mass followed by burial of Simon Ignatius Cardinal Pimenta will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 5.00 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, Marol. There will be a Missa Coram Corpore at the Holy Name Cathedral on July 23, at 12.00 noon.
Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta, Archbishop Emeritus of Bombay (India), was born on March 1, 1920 in Marol, a suburb of Bombay. He did his studies in philosophy and theology at the Seminary of Bombay, St. Pius X College and obtained a baccalaureate in pedagogy and mathematics from the State University. He was ordained a priest on December 21, 1949. In 1954 he obtained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome. Upon returning to Bombay, he served as assistant pastor, secretary to Cardinal Valerias Gracias, vice-chancellor, and defender of the bond. From 1959 to 1960 he was parish priest of the Cathedral, professor of liturgy at the seminary, episcopal vicar for the formation of young priests and for the liturgy, and rector of the major seminary St. Pius X. At the same time, he also published some works. On June 5, 1971, he was appointed titular Bishop of Bocconia and Auxiliary of Bombay, receiving episcopal ordination on June 29 of the same year.
Some years later, on February 26, 1977, Paul VI nominated him Coadjutor Archbishop of Bombay and on September 11, 1978 he became Archbishop. Two years later as Archbishop, he called for a diocesan synod and he has been very active in pastoral and charitable activities especially in managing 12 hospitals and 44 dispensaries, and has dedicated much to catholic education. He served as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India for three consecutive terms until 1988. President Delegate, VIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (September 30 – October 28, 1990). He was created Cardinal-Priest on 28 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II with the titular church of Santa Maria Regina Mundi a Torre Spaccata. He became Archbishop Emeritus of Bombay on 8 November 1996 with the appointment of Ivan Dias as his successor in that see. He died on 19 July 2013.
Created and proclaimed cardinal by John Paul II on June 28, 1988, he chose to retire in November 8, 1996. Cardinal Simon Pimenta, archbishop emeritus of Bombay, passed away on Friday. He was 93. The cardinal, who retired 16 years ago, was at the Clergy Home, the residence for aged priests in suburban Mumbai, when the end came, a church official said.