VATICAN CITY, JUL 5, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father erected the diocese of Sindhudurg (area 21,099, population 5,365,706, Catholics 29,794, priests 31, religious 98), India, with territory taken from the diocese of Poona, making it a suffragan of metropolitan church of Bombay. He appointed Fr. Anthony Alwyn Fernandes Barreto of the clergy of Poona, pastor of the parish of the Immaculate Conception in Vengurla, as bishop of the new diocese. The bishop-elect was born in Goa-Damao, India in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1979.
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