India: Pope Appoints New Bishop
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Eparchy of Sagar of the Syro-Malabars, India, presented by Bishop Anthony Chirayath.
The Pope has appointed as bishop of Sagar of the Syro-Malabars, India, Rev. Fr. James Athikalam, M.S.T., currently director of the Nirmal Jyothi Mental Health Program of Bhopal.
Rev. Fr. James Athikalam, M.S.T.
The Rev. Fr. James Athikalam, M.S.T., was born on July 5, 1958, in Pulinkunnu, in the then-eparchy of Changanacherry. After following the institutional course at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamalee, and at St. Joseph’s, Bangalore, he was ordained a priest on March 22, 1984. He obtained