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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Vatican City, 6 May 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- appointed Fr. Telesphore Bilung, S.V.D., as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Ranchi (area 5,299, population 3,156,000, Catholics 140,503, priests 255, religious 1,266), India. The bishop-elect was born in Sargidipa, India in 1961, professed his solemn vows in 1991 and and was ordained a priest in 1992. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics, philosophy and theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeth, Pune, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including rector of the minor seminary of Sambalpur and of the SVD Formation House of Lungai; priest in Premnagar, Calcutta; pioneer of the mission of Bezda, Calcutta; and rector of the minor seminary of the Divine Word Missionaries in Lungai. He is currently provincial superior of the Divine Word Missionaries.

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