Appointment of the Apostolic Nuncio in Brazil
The Holy Father has appointed His Excellency Monsignor Giambattista Diquattro, Titular Archbishop of Giromonte, currently Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, as Apostolic Nuncio to Brazil.
Renunciation of the pastoral care of the Diocese of Hung Hoá (Viêt Nam)
The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Hung Hoá (Viêt Nam), presented by HE Msgr. Jean Marie Vu Tât.
Appointment of Auxiliary Bishop of the Archieparchy of Kottayam of the Syro-Malabars (India)
The Holy Father has appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archieparchy of Kottayam of the Syro-Malabarese (India) the Rev. Priest Gheevarghese (George) Kurisummoottil, at present Syncellus for the Syro-Malankara faithful of the same Archieparchy, assigning him the titular see of Chayal dei Syro-Malankara. The elect took the name of Gheevarghese Mar Aprem.
HE Msgr. Gheevarghese Mar Aprem Kurisummottil was born on 9 August 1961 in Tiruvalla, and entered St. Stanislaw’s Minor Seminary in Kottayam after primary school .
He did his philosophical and theological studies in St. Joseph’s Interdiocesan Seminary in Mangalore.
After his priestly ordination on December 27, 1987, he was vice-rector of the minor seminary for three years.
He served for ten years in various parishes, before earning his Master ‘s degree in Sacred Art at Holy Spirit Maronite University in Kaslik (Lebanon), where he resided from 2001 to 2004.
Following high school, he taught iconography at the St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute and icon theology at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary .
He was Director of the “Hadusa” Commission for the Performing Arts of the Archieparchy of Kottayam from 2009 to 2013, while exercising the parish ministry.
Since 2014 he has been parish priest of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Ranni.
In 2019 he was appointed Syncellus for the Syro-Malankara faithful entrusted to the Syro-Malabar Archieparchy of Kottayam.
Resignation of the Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem of the Latins
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the office of Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem of the Latins presented by His Excellency Mons. Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo.