Bishop Anthony Pappusamy becomes Archbishop of Madurai

Bishop Anthony Pappusamy becomes Archbishop of MaduraiPope Francis appointed Bishop Anthony Pappusamy as the Archbishop of Madurai transferring him from Dindigul. His appointment comes after Pope accepted the resignation of Archbishop Peter Fernando, who passed the canonical age of retirement of 75 years. This was announced simultaneously in Rome as well as in India, according to a press release from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India headquarters in New Delhi.

Archbishop Peter Fernando

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation presented by Archbishop Peter Fernando from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Madurai, South India, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law and has appointed Bishop Anthony Pappusamy, until now Bishop of Dindigul, as the Archbishop of Madurai.

Bishop Antony Pappusamy

Bishop Antony Pappusamy was born on October 01, 1949 in Marambady in Dindigul Diocese. He was ordained a priest on July 07, 1976 and ordained Titular Bishop of Zaba on February 04, 1999. Four years later transferred to Dindigul as it first bishop on November 10, 2003. He was the auxiliary bishop of Madurai Archdiocese before becoming the bishop of Dindigul. He has been the chairman of Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council's commission for Clergy and Religious.
Archbishop Fernando will remain as the apostolic administrator of Madurai archdiocese until the new archbishop takes over.
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