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Nagasaki priest to be Hiroshima bishop

Nagasaki priest to be Hiroshima bishop
Father Manyo Maeda of Nagasaki Archdiocese
Published: June 14, 2011 07:53 AM GMT
Updated: June 14, 2011 09:39 AM GMT

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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