Apostolic Administrator Anicetus Bongsu Antonius Sinaga of Sibolga. (Photo: UCA News)
A bishop and a priest from Sibolga Diocese in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province have both tested positive for Covid-19, according to a diocesan official.Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Anicetus Bongsu Antonius Sinaga of Sibolga and Father Alboin Simatupang tested positive on Oct. 19, diocesan secretary Father Blasius Super Yesse said in a video message published on the diocese’s YouTube channel.
The 79-year-old Capuchin prelate was Archbishop of Medan, when was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of Sibolga in September 2018. He retired as Archbishop of Medan in December 2018 but continues to administer Siboga.The prelate becomes the second-highest-ranking church official in the country to have contracted Covid-19. The highest was Capuchin Archbishop Kornelius Sipayung of Medan, also in North Sumatra, who tested positive for the virus in July.Father Yesse said Bishop Sinaga fell sick after celebrating a deacon’s ordination on Oct. 15 in St. Therese of Lisieux Cathedral Church in Sibolga.