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Pope appoints an auxiliary bishop to the Tokyo Diocese

Pope Francis appointed Father Andrea Lembo as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Tokyo on September 16, 2023, at 7 p.m. (noon Rome time).

Pope Francis appointed Father Andrea Lembo as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Tokyo on September 16.

As of June 23, 2018, the Diocese of Tokyo has been absent for five years, and an auxiliary bishop will be appointed after the retirement of Auxiliary Bishop Kazuo Koda.

The newly elected Bishop-Elect Lembo was born in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy, on May 23, 1974.

Currently, he serves as the head of the Milan Foreign Mission Society's East Asia Region and as a cooperating priest with the Fuchu Church.

There will be a ceremony for episcopal ordination on Saturday, December 16th, but the start time will be announced later.

On November 24, 1974, he was baptized at Treviglio Church of St. Peter the Apostle and ordained as a deacon in the Philippines on June 7, 2003.

He was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Milan on June 12, 2004, and in 2009, he returned to Japan.

He served as Assistant Priest of Itabshi Church from April 2011 to March 2012.

And again, he served as Assistant Priest of Narashina Church from April 2012 to March 2017.
From April 2014 to February 2021, he was elected as General Vice-Chairman of Funabashi Learning Center, "Galile.

He was appointed Chief Priest of Fuchu Church from April 2017 to March 2023, in May 2017.
Regional Director of Catholic Milan Foreign Missions.

In February 2021, he was appointed Funabashi Learning Center "Galilee" Chairman.

In June 2021, he was selected as Chairman of the Shinsei Kaikan Public Interest Incorporated Association.


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