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D'Souza is new archbishop of Calcutta

  • ucanews.com reporter, Calcutta
  • India
  • February 24, 2012
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Co-adjutor archbishop Thomas D’Souza was named the ninth archbishop of Calcutta yesterday by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

He succeeds Archbishop Lucas Sirkar, who resigned after attaining the age of superannuation, according to a statement from the Archbishop’s House in Calcutta.

Born in Mangalore on August 26, 1950, Archbishop D’Souza came to Darjeeling 16 years later and was ordained a priest for the diocese in 1977.

He was later named the first bishop of the newly created diocese of Bagdogra in 1977.

His Episcopal ordination took place on January 25, 1998. Last year in June he took over as coadjutor archbishop of Calcutta.

Calcutta has 55 parishes, 80 diocesan priests and 178 religious priests.
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