Mannar Diocese Welcomes the New Bishop
His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fidelis Fernando has taken charge as the new Bishop of the Mannar diocese today (30 Dec). Thousands of people gathered in Mannar in order to welcome the new Bishop.
He has been welcomed by His Lordship Most Rev. Kingsley Swami Pillai, the Apostolic Administrator of Mannar Diocese, Priests, Sisters and the people from the Thallaadi Junction St. Sebastian Church, the Cathedral of Mannar.
The Representative of the pope Francis, Cardinal Neumann Van Rot, The Arch Bishop of Sri Lanka Malcom Carinal Ranjith and Justin Gnanapragasam, The Bishop of Jaffna were participated at the ceremony.
The new Bishop has been congratulated by the religious representatives and the representatives of the Civil Societies when he reached the entrance of the Cathedral.
Finally, as the sign of giving responsibilities of the Diocese, the Apostolic Administrator handed over the main Key and the scepter of the Diocese.