NEW DELHI – Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Father Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese, the auxiliary bishop of Delhi.
Born in Kerala state, 45-year-old Mulakkal was ordained a priest for Jalandhar diocese in 1990. Except for a few years that he spent in Rome doing a doctorate in Moral Theology, he has served most of the time in various parishes and institutions in Jalandhar. He also headed the department of Theology at the Holy Trinity Regional Major Seminary in Jalandhar from 2001 to 2007.
Currently the international treasurer-cum-animator at the head office of the Apostolic Union of Clergy, and Consulter of Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue in Rome, he is expected to arrive in Delhi, January 22.
“I congratulate Father Franco on his being appointed the auxiliary bishop of Delhi. Being fluent in Punjabi, Malayalam, Hindi, Italian and German and being a dynamic priest, he will be a great asset to the Archdiocese of Delhi and certainly a great help to me in my work,” said Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao.
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