Pope Appoints CDF Under-Secretary, Bulawayo Archbishop


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(20 June 09 - RV) On Saturday Pope Benedict made a series of appointments.

He named Monsignor Damiano Marzotto Caotorta, under secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Msgr. Caotorta replaces Archbishop-elect Di Noia who has gone to fill the post of under secretary at the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.

Also Saturday the Holy Father appointed Indian Divine Word Missionary Alex Thomas KALIYANIL Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bulawayo Zimbabwe.

The Archdiocese has been without a pastoral leader since the resignation of Archbishop Pius Ncube in 2007.

Archbishop-elect Alex Thomas Kaliyanil was born in 1960 in Vallamchira in the archdiocese of Changanacherry, India. Following elementary school, he entered the minor seminary of the Divine word missionaries in Changanacherry and made his final profession in 1987. On 7 May, 1988 he was ordained a priest.

He has served as a missionary in Zimbabwe since 1989 holding various posts in the national church including that of regional superior to the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries in Zimbabwe. In addition to his missionary experience, Archbishop Kaliyanil has a background in economics, having studied it at a University level. Since 2001, he has been the Caritas ex-uffico advisor to the Catholic Development Commission, and in the past has served as diocesan economist.

Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe, after the capital Harare, with a population of now estimated as 707,000. It is located in Matabeleland, south-west of Harare, and is now treated as a separate provincial area from Matabeleland.

In recent years, Bulawayo has experienced a sharp fall in living standards coinciding with the severe economic crisis affecting the country. The main problems include poor investment and widespread unemployment. Water shortages due to lack of expansion in facilities and supplies have become steadily more acute since 1992. Cholera broke out in 2008.

The archdiocese of Bulawayo was established on January 1, 1955. It currently comprised 14 civil districts and is home to some 116, 000 Catholics, 40 parishes, 87 priests, and 11 religious orders.