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Andhra Church gets new leader

Andhra Church gets new leader
Bishop Thumma Bala of Warangal reporter, Hyderabad

March 14, 2011

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Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Thumma Bala of Warangal as the new archbishop of Hyderabad. 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 “clear vision and deep faith” that will help him guide the Church in this state, said Father Antoniraj Thumma, deputy secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Bishops’ Council, in response to the appointment. His “simplicity and transparency, and capacity for systematic planning and decentralized management,” 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 “our shepherd.” The archbishop-elect will continue running Warangal diocese until a new bishop is appointed there. IB13628.1645
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