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Andhra Church gets new leaderBishop Thumma Bala of Warangal
- ucanews.com reporter, Hyderabad
- March 14, 2011
The 66-year-old prelate succeeds Archbishop Marampudi Joji, who died in August 2010.
The appointment was announced at the archdiocese residence in Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh state, on March 12.
The new archbishop has â€śclear vision and deep faithâ€ť that will help him guide the Church in this state, said Father Antoniraj Thumma, deputy secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Bishopsâ€™ Council, in response to the appointment.
His â€śsimplicity and transparency, and capacity for systematic planning and decentralized management,â€ť will also be a boost the priest said.
James Sylvester, secretary of the Catholic Association of Hyderabad, welcoming the appointment, said lay people in the archdiocese will be happy getting Bishop Bala as â€śour shepherd.â€ť
The archbishop-elect will continue running Warangal diocese until a new bishop is appointed there.