Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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rev manjaly

The Patrika accords a very, very warm welcome to Most Rev Raphy Manjaly who succeeds Bishop Isidore Fernandes as Bishop  of Allahabad.  Congratulations to all our Roman Catholic brethren and  many, many thanks   to the Most Rev  Ignatius Manezes, the Apostolic  Administrator  of Allahabad Diocese for making the announcement and the   PRO of the Diocese, Rev Father Louis Mascarenhas, for breaking the good news to us.

Bishop Manjaly is not new to Allahabad. He has been a part and parcel of the life of the diocese in the city, having been the Vice Rector, St Joseph’s Regional Seminary from 1998 to 1999 and then its Rector from 1999 till 2005. There were innumerable occasions when the Patrika had the pleasure and privilege of receiving his blessings; and now we are sure that with him around the Diocese will once again swing back into its normal activities.
I may especially mention that the Bishops of Allahabad and also the priests of the Roman Catholic diocese have preached the message of universal love, peace and harmony. I personally knew Bishop Mudartha as well . Like Bishop Isidore he too commanded high respect from all people of Allahabad.  What a non-Christian like me has appreciated is the love and sensitivity shown by them towards one and all.
Bishop Manjaly  is an experienced  person, having served as Diocesan administrator in the past too. But his outstanding innings as the Bishop of Varanasi, entitles him to the highest of  reverence from all those associated with the Allahabad diocese.   In fact, his taking over as the Bishop of Allahabad  means that  we now have  a person  heading the Diocese who is well acquainted with the ground reality of eastern UP. Welcome to Allahabad again, Bishop Manjaly.



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