Venerable Agnelo D’Souza is a shining star of the Church of Goa and he preached the Gospel through his holy life and is a model of holiness, His Grace Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi said. He was delivering homily at a Mass to mark the 91st death anniversary of venerable D’Souza outside Pilar church on November 20.

The death anniversary of the Anjuna-born priest was celebrated with great fervor and devotion, as thousands flocked to Pilar hillock to seek his blessings. Fr Tony Fernandes, vice-postulator of the cause of venerable Agnelo de Souza, announced the beatification process has gained momentum and sought unceasing prayers for the same.

During the nine-day novena period that ended on November 19, Masses were celebrated with specific themes and purpose. A night vigil on November 16 prayed for the early canonization of venerable Agnelo.