Tuesday, February 13, 2007

First Bishop for Catholic Church in Nepal

Pope Benedict XVI appointed the first bishop to Nepal:

The modern Catholic presence in Nepal began in the 1950s, when Jesuits from India established a school in Kathmandu. In October 1983, Pope John Paul II separated the territory of Nepal from Patna Diocese in India to create the missio sui iuris. He appointed Bishop-elect Sharma the mission's first ecclesiastical superior six months later. In 1997, the late pope elevated the mission to an apostolic prefecture and its head to apostolic prefect. The elevation to a vicariate, headed by a bishop, reflects continued organizational growth in the local church.

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