11 July 2006

Bishop for Vellore

New Delhi (ICNS) Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Father Soundaraj Periyanayagam as the new bishop of Vellore diocese, which has been without a bishop for more than a year.

The appointment was announced simultaneously in India and the Vatican on July 11. The new bishop, a Salesian born in 1949, is a native of Vellore. After his schooling, he had his initial years of Salesian training in Yercaud.Father Periyanayagam has been severing as the rector of Don Bosco Boys' Home in Katpadi, Gandhi Nagar, since 2004. The priest who holds a doctorate in economics also worked in Sacred Heart College in Tirupattur and St. Joseph's College in Tiruchirapalli.

The diocese of Vellore, created in 1952, now comprises both the civil districts of Vellore, Tiruvannamalai formerly known as North Arcot Ambedkar and Tiruvannamalai Sambuvarayar districts.

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