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Pope appoints new bishop for South Korea's Incheon Diocese

Bishop John Baptist Jung Shin-chul says he will continue the pastoral agenda set by late Bishop Boniface Choi

November 17, 2016

Bishop John Baptist Jung Shin-chul has been named as the new bishop of Incheon Diocese.

Bishop Jung was auxiliary bishop of Incheon at the time of his appointment and so will not be unfamiliar with his duties, having administered the diocese since the sudden death of Bishop Boniface Choi Ki-san in May.

The Apostolic Nunciature in Korea announced on Nov. 11 that Pope Francis had appointed Bishop Jung as the third bishop of Incheon.

"After the death of Bishop Boniface Choi, the pope wanted the diocese to remain stable. I will carry the cross bestowed upon me by faithfully implementing the role," said Bishop Jung.

Before the official announcement, Bishop Jung visited the tomb of the late Bishop Boniface Choi to show his resolve to continue his predecessor's pastoral agenda.

Bishop Jung's installation ceremony is scheduled to take place at Dapdong Cathedral on for Dec. 27 — the same date of Bishop Choi's episcopal consecration as bishop of Incheon.

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