Radama I., King b. 1792 d. July 27, 1828 Madagascan Monarch. He was the eldest son of King Imboasalama Andrianampoinimerina, and his wife, Princess Rafotsirahisatra. He was named heir to the throne in May 1808 and became King of Madagascar following his father's death two years later. Radama I was best known for his Treaty of Friendship and Peace with Great Britain, that prohibited the export of slaves. He was also noted for his thirteen marriages, and for his service as a Field Marshal in the British Army. He was proclaimed a Sword...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Royal Tombs, Antananarivo-Renivohitra, Analamanga, Madagascar
Rakotomalala, Cardinal. Jérôme Louis b. July 15, 1914 d. November 1, 1975 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The third of eight children, born on the Île Sainte-Marie, presently known as Nosy Boraha, Jérôme Louis Rakotomalala rose to become Madagascar's first cardinal. Entering seminary in Ambotaraka, he was ordained priest on July 31, 1943, and appointed to the teaching staff of the named seminary, went on to serve as director of the Saint Peter Canisius School and vicar general of the then apostolic vicariate of Tananarive between 1946 and 1960. The first native to be...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathédrale de l'Immaculée-Conception, Antananarivo-Renivohitra, Analamanga, Madagascar Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Ranavalona III., Queen b. November 22, 1861 d. May 23, 1917 Madagascan Monarch. A native of Amparibe, Madagascar, she ruled Madagasgar from 1883 until 1897. She was the last reigning monarch of her country. She was forced into exile by the French following the First Franco-Malagasy War, and she died in Algeria in 1917. (Bio by: K) Royal Tombs, Antananarivo-Renivohitra, Analamanga, Madagascar
Rasoherina, Queen b. 1814 d. April 1, 1868 Madagascan Royalty. Born Rabodozanakandriana in Madagascar, she was the daughter of Andriantsalama and Princess Rafaramanjaka. She was crowned Queen Consort of Madagascar on September 23, 1862. Ranavalona II served as the Queen of her country from 1863 until her death. (Bio by: K) Royal Tombs, Antananarivo-Renivohitra, Analamanga, Madagascar
Razafimahatratra, Cardinal. Victor b. September 8, 1921 d. October 6, 1993 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Ambanitsilena-Ranomasina born Victor Razafimahatratra entered the Society of Jesus in 1945 after frequenting the Major Seminary of Fianarantsoa, being ordained priest July 28, 1956 following studies at the Theological Faculty and the Catechetical Center Lumen Gentium in Brussels. Rector of the Minor Seminary of Fianarantsoa between 1960 and 1963 when he was elected superior of the Jesuit residence of Amboistra, he served as rector of the Major Seminary of Fianarantsoa...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathédrale de l'Immaculée-Conception, Antananarivo-Renivohitra, Analamanga, Madagascar Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Razafindratandra, Cardinal. Armand Gaétan b. August 7, 1925 d. January 9, 2010 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Ambohimalaza born Armand Gaétan Razafindratandra received his elementary education in Faravohitra and Andohalo before entering seminary, first in Ambohipo and successively in Ambatoroka. Furthering his studies at the Institut Catholique of Paris, he was ordained priest on July 27, 1954 and upon concluding his studies was appointed to serve as spiritual director of various teaching faculties before being named rector of the Minor Seminary of Faliarivo. Elected bishop of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathédrale de l'Immaculée-Conception, Antananarivo-Renivohitra, Analamanga, Madagascar Plot: Cathedral Crypt.