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Pope makes 5 appointments in Asian Church buildings

Pope Francis on Tuesday made 5 appointments in Asia. Two of them are in India, two within the Philippines and one in Kazakhstan.

By Robin Gomes

The appointments in Asia come on the day the Church marks the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome.  June 29, which is a vacation in Rome and the Vatican, commemorates the martyrdom of the 2 nice stalwarts of Christianity, each of whom have been killed for his or her religion within the Everlasting Metropolis.


The appointments in India are in Tiruchirapalli and Port Blair.


The Holy Father appointed Father Savarimuthu Arokiaraj because the Bishop of Tiruchirapalli, in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state.  Father Arokiaraj, who has been serving because the Rector of the Holy Redeemer’s Basilica in Tiruchirapalli,  

was born on October 24, 1954, in Lalapettai, in the identical diocese.  He accomplished his research in Philosophy (1974-1976) and Theology (1977-1980) at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore. He acquired his Doctorate in Theology with a specialization in Liturgy from the Institut Catholique de Paris, France, (2002).

He was ordained a priest on January 8, 1981 for the Diocese of Tiruchirapalli.  Thereafter, he held the next positions:

1981:           Assistant parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Dindigul

1981-1986:  Parish priest in Ayyampatty

1986-1987:  Parish priest in Udayapatty

1988-1991:  Secretary of the Fee for the Liturgy of the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council

1991-1994:  Regional Secretary of the Fee for the Liturgy, Tindivanam

2002-2008:  Secretary of the Fee for the Liturgy of the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council

2009-2015:  Diocesan Chancellor

2009-2012:  Parish Priest in Subramaniapuram

2012-2015:  Lecturer in Liturgy at St. Paul’s Seminary

2015-2016:  Pastor of the Cathedral of Tiruchirapalli

2016-2019:  Rector of St. Paul’s Seminary

from  2019:  Rector of the Holy Redeemer’s Basilica in Tiruchirapalli.


Port Blair

Father Visuvasam Selvaraj has been appointed Bishop of Port Blair (India), the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory of India within the Bay of Bengal.

Selvaraj, who’s the Diocesan Administrator of Port Blair, was born on January 4, 1966, in Raja Annamalaipuram, within the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore, in Tamil Nadu state. He started his priestly formation within the Minor Seminary of Madras, Santhome. He accomplished his research in philosophy on the Sacred Coronary heart Seminary in Chennai and people in theology at St. Albert’s School in Ranchi. He was ordained a priest on Might 8, 1994, for the Diocese of Port Blair. He obtained a Masters in Canon Legislation from the Pontifical Institute of Saint Peter in Bangalore (1999-2001).

After his priestly ordination he held the next tasks:

1994-1995:  Assistant parish priest of the Stella Maris Cathedral of Port Blair

1995-1998:  Diocesan Consultor

1998-1999:  Assistant parish priest in Mayabunder

2001-2006: Director of Diocesan Social Companies

2001-2019: Chancellor and Judicial Vicar

2006-2010: Parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Katchal

2010-2013: Parish Priest of Stella Maris Cathedral

2013-2015: Rector of the Sanctuary, Member of the School of Diocesan Consultors, Deputy Monetary Administrator and Director of Diocesan Social Companies

2015-2017: Monetary Administrator of the Diocese

2017-2019: Vicar Common

Since 2017: In command of the Christian Communities and for Catechesis

From 2020: Diocesan Administrator of Port Blair



Within the Philippines, Pope Francis made appointments in Malaybalay and Taytay


The Holy Father has appointed Father Noel P. Pedregosa because the Bishop of Malaybalay, within the Northern Mindanao area. The priest, who’s serving as Diocesan Administrator and Rector of the Cathedral, was born on October 18, 1964 in Bialong, M’lang, North Cotabato, within the Diocese of Malaybalay.

After highschool at Don Carlos Loyola Excessive Faculty, he attended programs in philosophy at St. Isidro School in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, and people in theology at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro. Subsequently he obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Loyola Faculty of Theology on the College of Manila.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Malaybalay on 11 September 1991, following which he served within the following capacities:

1991-1993: Assistant parish priest at San Isidro Labrador

1993-1997: Parish priest of San Vicente Ferrer, Buda

2001-2004: Formator on the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Cagayan de Oro

2004-2012: Rector of St. John XXIII School Seminary, Malaybalay

2012-2017: Pastor of the Immaculate Conception, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

Since 2017:  Vicar Common of Malaybalay Diocese and Rector of the Cathedral of San Isidro.

Since 7 July 2020:  Diocesan Administrator



The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Broderick Soncuaco Pabillo as Vicar Apostolic of Taytay (Philippines), transferring him from the workplace of Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manila.




Within the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, Pope Francis appointed Father Yevgeniy Zinkovskiy AS Auxiliary Bishop of Karaganda.  The priest who’s serving as Vicar Common of Karaganda was born on July 27, 1975, in Shortandy in Kazakhstan.  After major and secondary colleges, he adopted philosophical and theological coaching in Gniezno in Poland.

After his priestly ordination on August 1, 1999, he served as assistant parish priest of the then St. Joseph Cathedral Parish in Karaganda.

2001-2003:  Obtained licentiate in philosophy from the Pontifical College of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy

2003- 2011:  Parish priest in Balkhash

2009-2011:  Parish priest in Temirtau

2011         : Chancellor of the Diocesan Curia.

From 2015:  Vicar Common of Karaganda.

2018         : Obtained doctorate in philosophy on the Pontifical John Paul II College in Krakow, Poland.

Along with Russian and Polish, Father Zinkovskiy speaks Italian and English.

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