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Caritas Asia elects new president
Mongolia and Vietnam were also endorsed as full Asia membersCaritas leaders at the annual Caritas Asia meeting in Bangkok
- ucanews.com reporter, Bangkok
- March 9, 2011
The 52-year-old Japanese bishop will succeed Indian Bishop Yvon Ambrose of Tuticorin once his election is ratified by the Caritas Internationalis general assembly in Rome in May.
Caritas Asia coordinator Father Bonnie Mendes welcomed Bishop Kikuchiâ€™s election. He described the bishop, who currently heads Caritas Japan, as a man of good character who has worked closely with Caritas agencies for 15 years, and on some important projects in Africa.
He said Bishop KikuchiÂ will focus on developing and building Caritas Asiaâ€™s capabilities, noting that the organization does not currently fund projects but concentrates on capacity building.
The 31 leaders of Caritas agencies from 19 Asian countries also expressed their wish at the March 8-9 meeting for Caritas Internationalis secretary general, Lesley-Ann Knight, to continue playing an active role within Caritas.
The Holy See recently blocked the Zimbabwe-born Briton from seeking a second term.
Bishop Ambrose says he has written a letter, dated today, to Caritas Internationalis president Cardinal RodrÃguez Maradiaga confirming this.
Also at the meeting, Caritas Mongolia and Caritas Vietnam were endorsed as full members of the Caritas Asia network.