Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) spokesperson Father Paul Samasumo has told QFM in a statement that Bishop Duffy died of Leukaemia yesterday at 18:30 hours, at the Oblate retirement home in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
And the new Bishop of Mongu Evans Chinyemba has urged Catholics and all those who loved Bishop Duffy to pray for the repose of his soul and called on everyone to mourn the late Bishop with dignity.
And the new President of the Zambia Episcopal Conference, Bishop Ignatius Chama of Mpika Diocese, has described the late Bishop Duffy, as an eloquent voice who spoke on behalf of the poor in the Western Province and the under- privileged in all of Zambian society.
Bishop Chama hopes that the nation will honour Bishop Paul Duffy by championing the causes that he stood for.
The late Bishop Paul Francis Duffy was born on 25 July, 1932 at Norwood, Massachusetts, USA. He entered the Catholic religious congregation of Oblate Priests and Brothers in the USA in 1952 and was ordained priest on 22 December, 1962.
He came to Zambia in 1984 and served as parish priest in the Catholic parishes of Lukulu and Kalabo, Western Province until 1997.
Bishop Duffy was ordained as the first Bishop of Mongu Diocese on 31August, 1997.
Bishop Duffy retired in February 2011 and formally handed over the Diocese of Mongu to his successor, Bishop Evans Chinyemba on 28 May 2011.