Apr 01, Colombo: Retired Bishop of Mannar Most Rev. Rayappu Joseph has passed away after a brief illness.
The Retired Bishop passed away this morning (01) while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Jaffna, state media reported.
During the conflict, the outspoken bishop was a critic of the government and the military's conduct and played a major role in assisting the Tamil people in the North.
Born on April 16, 1940, the retired bishop was 80 years old at the time of his demise.