Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/CAMBODIA – Farewell to Msgr. Ramousse, the Bishop who led the rebirth of the Cambodian Church
Phnom Penh – The Cambodian Church loses one of its most appreciated and loved apostles: French Bishop and missionary Yves Ramousse, Apostolic Vicar of Phnom Penh from 1962 to 1976 and then, in a second period, from 1992 to 2001, died yesterday, February 26, in France, at the age of 93, victim of Covid-19. Member of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris , he went down in history for pastoral and missionary action in Cambodia in the second half of the 20th century and also in the phase following the season of the “new democratic Kampuchea”, the era of Khmer Rouge. Starting from 1975, when they took power, all religious expressions were prohibited, while all foreigners were expelled, including Catholic priests and religious, and a wave of violence and repression began in which about two million Cambodians died as a result of executions, hunger or disease.