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Pope Francis Appoints Joseph Kodakallil As New Indian Bishop

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| July 23 , 2015 , 11:01 IST
[caption id="attachment_89404" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Pope Francis , Pope Francis Appoints Joseph Kodakallil, Indian Bishop Pope Francis Pope Francis has named Joseph Kodakallil as Bishop of Satna[/caption] Pope Francis has named Joseph Kodakallil as Bishop of Satna in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. Kodakallil has been serving as Pastor of St Vincent’s Cathedral in the diocese of Satna and holds a doctorate in liturgy from Rome's Pontifical Oriental Institute. The 49-year-old was born in the village of Upputhode in India's coastal state of Kerala and trained as a priest in Satna. He studied philosophy in Ranchi in the state of Jharkhand and theology in Vadavathoor, Kerala.