padre provinciale dei Gesuiti di Kandy (Ceylon) comunica la morte
di Mons. Laudadio ai famigliari residenti in Italia.
3 ApriI 1969
Dear Relatives of Bishop Laudadio,
This is just a short note to give you some information of the last
days of your
Brother, Mgr. Laudadio. He died very peacefully in Our Lord in Galle
on the aftemoon of ApriI 1, 1969.
I had been in Galle the previous week for the ordination of one
of our Jesuits and had a case to see the Bishop several times during
the visit there. He had had a case of flu and was not too well.
The doctors who were attending on him did not think that there was
any cause of worry. One or another doctor saw him daily. Their only
fear was that he might contract a case of pneumonia, which would
be very serious for a man of his age.
When I left Galle on 27 March, the Bishop was much better and the
that he would be out of bed soon.
Telecommunications between Galle and Kandy afe not very good, so
it was only on
the 1st ApriI that I found that he had taken a turn for tthe worse
and was fighting for his life. Shortly after I left Galle the Bishop
dici in fact come down with a case of pneumonia. When the first
calI got through to me on the 1st I was informed that he was in
a very serious condition and was sinking. I made plans immediately
to go to Galle.
Before I left the house, the message of his death came in.
When I arrived in Galle, just after mid-night between ApriI 1-2,
his body was just being prepared. The present Bishop of Galle, Msgr.
Antony De Saram, his secretary, the Rector of the College, and two
or three other priests and several Nuns were at the Home for the
Aged where the Bishop was staying. The body was laid out that morning,
and at 8 a.m. on the morning of ApriI 2nd we transferred the body
to the community chapev of the Jesuit College, where it will lie
in state until Easter Monday, ApriI 7th when Bishop Laudadio will
be burried in the Cathedral at Galle: the Cathedral that was his
own for more than 30 years.
The delay till the 7th, which is quite difficult here in tropical
countries, is necessary to allow the other Bishops of the Island
and the priests and people of the Galle Diocese to attend the funeral.
I will ask someone to send a fuller account of the death and the
funeral when I
return to Galle for the funeral, but I did want to send to all of
you my own short account and my sympathy on the death of your brother.
May God give him the tremendous reward his labours in Ceylon deserve.
Sincerely in Christ,
W. H. Moran,S. J. Provincial