Most Rev John Basil Meeking, Emeritus Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand, has died on the feast of saint Barnabas, leadership in the jurisdiction announced.

The Prelate aged 90, passed away in the early hours of Thursday June 11, 2020 at the Christchurch Hospital after a “recent period of ill health”.

The Prelate was known to have frequently offered the Traditional Rites in Australia and New Zealand.

John Basil Meeking (born 19 November 1929) is the Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand and was the 7th Bishop of that see (1987–1995).

He was appointed as Bishop of Christchurch by Pope John Paul II on 30 March 1987 and resigned the see on 15 December 1995.

He has outlived two successors to the see of Christchurch and is still active in the Latin mass chaplaincy in Christchurch.


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