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Bishop Linus Pingal Ekka
Bishop Pingal Ekka
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Bishop Linus Pingal Ekka
Bishop's House,
Gumla-835207,
Jharkhand, India

Phone: 912.34.69.677

Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Linus Pingal Ekka bishop of Gumla on Nov. 30, 2023.

Bishop Ekka was born on Sept. 23, 1961, in Chainpur in Gumla diocese. He obtained a Master of Arts from Saint Aloysius College in Jabalpur, and was awarded a licentiate in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest on Jan. 22, 1994, for the diocese of Gumla.

After ordination, he first served as deputy parish priest and then parish priest of Dalmadi (1994-1995), and rector of the preparatory seminary of Karondabera (1995-1997 and 1999-2000). He was awarded a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Urbanian University, at the same time providing pastoral service in the archdiocese of Udine (1997-1999). He went on to hold the offices of visiting professor at Saint Albert’s Regional College in Ranchi (2000-2002); residential professor and prefect of the Department of Philosophy at Saint Albert’s Regional College in Ranchi (2002-2011); parish vicar in Ampezzo, in the archdiocese of Udine (2011-2017); chancellor of the diocese of Gumla and head of matrimonial cases (2017-2020); judicial vicar and judge of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal (2019-2020); and since 2021, diocesan administrator of Gumla.

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