Pope Francis has named Fr. Emmanuel Nguyen Hong Son as coadjutor of the diocese of Ba Ria, Vietnam.
He will succeed Bishop Thomas Nguyên Văn Trâm, who is 73.
Emmanuel Nguyen Hong Son was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, in 1952 and was ordained a priest in 1980. He holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris, France, and has served in a number of pastoral roles in the diocese of Ba Ria, including rector of the minor seminary, head of continuing formation of diocesan clergy, member of the episcopal commission for the doctrine of the faith. He is currently vicar general of the same diocese.
The Diocese of Ba Ria has some 250,000 Catholics in a population of 1.4 million. They are served by about 170 priests and 800 religious.