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6 New Bishops for the Syro Malabar Church 

Six new bishops have been announced for the Syro - Malabar Church of India. The names of these new bishops and their Sees were announced simultaneously from the Vatican and at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Mount St. Thomas, Kakkanad, Kochi. The names were announced also at the respective Diocesan Seats. The Dioceses of Palghat and Manathavadi have been bifurcated forming the Diocese of Ramanathapuram (Tamilnadu), and Mandya (Karnataka). 

The following are the new bishops:
Remigius Inchakkananil (Bishop's Secretary and Chancellor and member of the Governing Body of the Christian Chair of the Calicut University) for Thamarassery in the vacancy created by Dr. Mar Paul Chittilappilly resigning;

Dr. Msgr. Bosco Puthur (at present Rector of the St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary of Alwaye and former Vicar General of Trichur)  for the Major Archiepiscopal Seat of Kakkanad);

Dr. Pauly Kannookkadan (Director LRC and Secretary Liturgy Commission) for the Diocese of Irinjalakuda in the vacacy created by Mar James Pazhayattil resigning;

Dr. Paul Alappatt the former Chancellor of Trichur and at present Rector of the St. Mary's Madonna Seminary for the newly created Diocese of Ramanathapuram;

Dr. Msgr. Raphael Thattil the present Vicar General of Trichur as the Auxiliary Bishop of Trichur;

and Dr. George Njerelakkatt as the Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Mandya. 

Other details will be announced later. [SARAS News]

The CBCI gives some more details:

New Eparchies of Ramanathapuram and Mandya created

NEW DELHI, Jan. 18, 2010, 16.30 Hrs (CBCI News):

His Beatitude Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, Major Archbishop the of the Syro-Malabar Church, with the consent of the Synod of Bishops of the Syro- Malabar Church, having obtained the assent of the Holy See, has created the Eparchies of Ramanathapuram by carving out the civil districts of Coimbatore, Erobe, Karur and Thirueur from the Eparchy of Pal ghat, with its See and the Head-Quarters at Ramanathapuram and the Eparchy of Mandya by carving out the civil districts of Mandya, Haffan, Mysore and Chamaragnagar, from'" the Eparchy of Mananthavady, with the See and the Head Quarters at Mandya.

In the same time, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has giving his assent to the appointment of:

  1. Reverend Monsignor Pauly Kannookadan, Secretary of the Archepiscopal Commission for Liturgy , Clergy , Institutes for Consecrated Life and Executive Director of L.R.C, as Eparchial Bishop of the Eparchy of lrinjalakuda

  2. Reverend Monsignor Remigiose Inchananiyil, Secretary , Chancellor and Judicial Vicar of the Eparchy of Thamarassery , as Eparchial Bishop of the same diocese.

  3. Reverend Monsignor Raphael Tbattil, Proto-Syncellus of the Archreparchy of Trichur, as Auxiliary Bishop of the same Archeparchy

  4. Reverend Monsignor Bosco Putur, Rector of Mangalapuzha Seminary , as Curia Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

  5. Reverend Monsignor Paul Alappatt, Rector of St. Mary's Minor Seminary and Judicial Vicar of the Archeparchy of Trichur, as Eparchial Bishop of the new Eparchy of Ramanathapuram

  6. Reverend Monsignor George Njaralakatt, Proto-Syncellus of the Eparchy of Bhadravathi, as Bishop of the new Eparchy ofMandya.

[These ecclesiastical provisions were made public on today the 18th of January, 2010 @ 1630 hrs. (IST), and were formally announced in L 'Osservatore Romano on today itself in Rome.]



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