MANILA, Philippines – Eraño Manalo, the Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), has passed away yesterday (Aug. 31) afternoon. He was 84.
According to a radio report, Manalo died at 3:53 p.m. yesterday in his home in Quezon City. The report quoted INC spokesman Bienvenido Santiago as saying that the religious leader succumbed to cardiopulmonary arrest.
Manalo’s remains will be interred at the Templo Sentral of the INC in Quezon City, the report added.
He took over the administration of the church after the death of his father, INC founder Felix Manalo, in 1963.
By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) Updated September 01, 2009 10:15 AM
Manila, PhilippinesSeptember 1, 2009, 10:38am
Net 25 has reported that Eraño Manalo, Iglesia ni Cristo leader, has passed away Monday August 31, 2009.
Manalo served as INC's Executive Minister in 1963, succeeding his father, Felix Manalo.
The Iglesia ni Cristo was founded in 1914 and has become the largest indigenous Christian religious organization that originated in the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 4) Eraño Manalo, religious leader of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, passed away in his home Monday, an official of one of the country’s largest religious groups said Tuesday.
Manalo, INC executive minister, passed away at 3:53 p.m. of August 31, said INC spokesman Bienvenido Santiago in a statement aired over the INC-owned television network Net 25 Tuesday morning.
Manalo was 84.
Quoting Manalo's doctor Rey Melchor Santos, Santiago said the religious leader died of cardiopulmonary arrest.
“Hinihiling namin na patnubayan ang buong Iglesia sa panahon ng matinding dalamhati (We request that the entire Church be guided during this time of severe grief),” Santiago said in a brief statement on television.
The wake will be open to the public later this Tuesday.
The remains of Manalo will be interred at the Templo Sentral of the INC in Quezon City, Santiago said.
The Iglesia, which has ministries around the world, is a known political force, voting as a bloc during elections.
Eraño "Ka Erdy" Manalo, the executive minister of the largest religious sect in the country, Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), died Monday. He was 84.
Bienvenido Santiago, INC spokesman, said Manalo passed away at 3:53 p.m. in his home in San Juan. His body lies in state at the INC's central temple in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
Santiago said that according to Manalo’s doctor, Rey Melchor Santos, the INC head died of cardio-pulmonary arrest.
Manalo has also reportedly been suffering from prostate cancer.
Manalo took the over adminstration of the religious organization after the death of his father, Felix Manalo, in April 12, 1963.
He was instrumental in the expansion of the church, which has millions of members nationwide and across the globe.as of 09/01/2009 10:49 AM
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