Nagasaki priest to be Hiroshima bishop

Nagasaki priest to be Hiroshima bishop
Father Manyo Maeda of Nagasaki Archdiocese

Japan
June 14, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday named Father Manyo Maeda of Nagasaki archdiocese as the next bishop of Hiroshima. Bishop-Elect Maeda, 62, is currently serving as secretary-general of Japan’s Catholic bishops’ conference, a post he has held since April, 2006. The new prelate’s predecessor, Bishop Joseph Atsumi Misue, who has now retired at the mandatory age of 75, was also originally a priest from Nagasaki and also served as the conference’s secretary-general. Father Maeda was born on March 3, 1949, in Chuichi, Nagasaki Prefecture. He was ordained a priest on March 19, 1975. Hiroshima diocese has jurisdiction over five prefectures: Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, Okayama, and Tottori. Its 41 churches minister to about 20,000 Catholics.
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