Vatican City, 12 January 2016 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:
- appointed Fr. Euzebius Chinekezy Ogbonna Managwu as bishop of Port-Gentil (area 22,850, population 128,000, Catholics 71,770, priests 11, religious 11), Gabon. The bishop-elect was born in N'Djamena, Chad in 1959 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He holds a licentiate from the Pontifical Theological Faculty "Teresianum", Rome and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish vicar, parish priest, spiritual director and rector of the Saint Jean minor seminary in Libreville. He is currently episcopal vicar of the diocese of Libreville and pastor of the parish of Notre Dame de l'Ogooue.
- given his assent to the appointment, by the Synod of Bishops of the major archiepiscopal Syro-Malabar church, gathered in Mount Saint Thomas, Kerala, India, of Fr. Jose Pulickal as auxiliary bishop of the eparchy of Kanjirapally of the Syro-Malabars (area 2,017, population 1,365,900, Catholics 225,950, priests 344, religious 2,087), India. The bishop-elect was born in Inchiyani, India in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1991. He holds a doctorate in biblical theology from the Dharmaram Institute of Bangalore, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including vicar of the cathedral of Kanjirapally, director of catechesis, eparchial vicar and consultor. He is currently protosyncellus with responsibilty for the clergy.