Jalandhar, Eluru dioceses get new bishops

June 19, 2013 by  
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The appointments came as the two dioceses were vacant.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal

Bishop Franco Mulakkal

New Delhi, June 13, 2013: Pope Francis today appointed two new bishops for the Jalandhar and Eluru dioceses.
The appointments were made public in Rome and in the respective dioceses.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is the auxiliary bishop of Delhi, has been appointed as the bishop of Jalandhar in Punjab.

Bishop Jaya Rao Polimera will take over the Eluru diocese in Andhra Pradesh.

The appointments came as the two dioceses were vacant. The Jalandhar diocese was vacant following Archbishop Anil Couto’s elevation to the Delhi archdiocese.

Bishop Polimera was born on Aug 27, 1965 and ordained a priest of Warangal diocese in Andhra Pradesh on April 2, 1992.
The 49-year-old Bishop Mulakkal, who was born on March 25, 1964, was ordained a priest in 1990.
“For me it is a homecoming as I was ordained a priest for Jalandhar diocese and had come to Delhi as auxiliary Bishop a little over four years ago,” Bishop Mulakkal said in a statement.

He has a double post graduate degree in English Literature and Sociology from Guru Nanak Dev University (Punjab)
He also has a Ph. D. in Moral Theology from Rome.

“I am familiar with the culture, the language, the people, the institutions, the government of the area and I will feel much more at home to function there, especially now that I have an independent charge of a diocese,” he added.
Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi congratulated Bishop Mulakkal on his appointment.

“After serving efficiently the archdiocese of Delhi for over four years, he is in a much better position to lead a diocese that he is familiar with and therefore he is the best choice for Jalandhar diocese. I wish him all the best in his work there,” the archbishop added.

– press statement

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