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New Catholic diocese established in Indonesia

Indonesian Catholics are joyful about the newly erected Diocese of Labuan Bajo. Pope Francis appointed Reverend Maksimus Regus as its first bishop,

The question of a new diocese on Indonesia’s Flores Island, in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, was raised about three years ago by the local synod. The Pope acknowledged the need for a new diocese and its importance for the local Catholic community. He erected the Diocese of Labuan Bajo on June 21 and appointed Rev. Maksimus Regus as its first bishop.

The new diocese borrowed its land from the Diocese of Ruteng and is under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Ende. The diocese of Labuan Bajo covers over 3,100 km2 and has a population of about 276,000, of which more than 215,000 are Catholic believers. The bishop of the diocese is Reverend Maksimus Regus. Until his appointment, he served as the rector of the Catholic University of St. Paul.

“From the bottom of my heart, I must admit that I am a sinner and for this I need your support and prayers,”

said Bishop Maksimus as he greeted the believers as their new bishop.

The new diocese was created to fulfil pastoral activities better. Under the diocese, 25 parishes, 67 diocesan priests, and many more religious will work for the local Catholic community.

Source: Asia News

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