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Bishop Benny Varghese Edathattel
Bishop Varghese Edathattel
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Bishop Benny Varghese Edathattel
Bishop's House, P.O. Box 294,
Itanagar-791110, Naharlagun,
Arunachal Pradesh, India

Phone: 9436228087

Pope Francis appointed Father Benny Varghese Edathattel as the second bishop of Itanagar on June 29, 2023.

At the time of appointment, he was serving as executive secretary of the Catechetical Commission of the Northeastern Regional Bishops’ Council and director of the Diocesan Pastoral Center.

Bishop Edathattel was born on April 22, 1970, in Njayappilly in the Syro-Malabar eparchy of Kothamangalam in Kerala.

Bishop Edathattel attended the Good Shepherd Minor Seminary in Dimapur, then studied philosophy at the Salesian College in Dimapur and theology at the Oriens Theological College in Shillong, and was ordained a priest on April 19, 1999, for the diocese of Kohima.

Bishop Edathattel served as assistant parish priest of St. Thomas Church and vice principal of St. John’s School, Tuensang (1999-2002); dean of studies and administrator of St. Xavier's Seminary and director of the Agricultural Training and Production Centre, Jalukie (2002-2004).

He did his masters in pastoral theology with a specialization on Small Christian Communities at the East Asian Pastoral Institute, Manila.

He became secretary of the Bishop of Kohima and diocesan coordinator of the Small Christian Communities (2007–2011); parish priest of St. Peter's in Kiphire, Nagalang (2011–2016); administrator at St. Joseph's College, Jakhama; and visiting professor at Oriens Theological College, Shillong (2016–2020).

Since 2021, he has been parish priest of the St. Joseph's Center in Songlhuh.

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