New Archbishop of Delhi named


Pope Benedict XVI on Friday announced that Bishop Anil Jose Tomas Couto of Jalandhar will be the new Archbishop of Delhi. The announcement was made simultaneously in Rome and at the archdiocesan headquarters in Delhi.

In a statement, Dominic Emmanuel SVD, director and spokesperson of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese, said the \ announcement came after the resignation of Archbishop Vincent M Concessao was accepted.

Archbishop Concessao had submitted his resignation when he turned 75 in September 2010, a rule followed by every archbishop or bishop.

Born in Goa, the 58-year-old Anil Jose Tomas Couto was appointed auxiliary bishop of Delhi on January 17, 2001 and was ordained a bishop on March 11 that year. He served as the auxiliary bishop in the Delhi archdiocese along with Archbishop Concessao till he was transferred as the Bishop of Jalandhar in February 2007. He had been heading the diocese of Jalandhar since then.

"I will continue to work with the vision of Archbishop Concessao which was more clearly outlined in the Archdiocesan Synod in 2002, taking into consideration the current social, religious, economic situation and other realities around us," said archbishop-elect Anil Couto.

Archbishop Concessao said: "We are very happy to have our own from the diocese back in the Archdiocese. Since he knows the situation of Archdiocese, he would be the most ideal person to render the best possible services to the Archdiocese."

The archbishop-elect is expected to take charge on January 20, 2013.

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