Archbishop George Antonysamy of Madras-Mylapore was elected as the president of Tamil Nadu Bishop's Council (TNBC) and Tamil Nadu Latin Bishop's Council (TNLBC) during a meeting held on March 3 at Pillar, Madurai in south India.
Bishop Lawrence Pius of Dharmapuri was elected as the vice-president of TNBC and TNLBC.
Bishop Rayappan of Salem was elected as the first vice-president of Tamil Nadu Catholic Educational Association (TANCEAN).
Bishop Thomas Paulsamy of Dindigul as Secretary-General, Father Sahayaraj L of Thanjavur diocese as the Deputy Secretary-General, and Bishop Antonysamy Savarimuthu of Palayamkottai as the treasurer will continue as per their term.
TNBC appreciated the services of Archbishop Antony Pappusamy of Madurai, the outgoing president of TNBC and TNLBC, and Bishop Neethinathan of Chingleput Diocese as the outgoing vice-President of TNBC and TNLBC for the last six years.
"Archbishop Antony Pappusamy of Madurai has been a great blessing to the church of Tamil Nadu and the whole of India. His undaunted spirit and unique stance on all religious, social and political scenarios are laudable,” noted a letter by priests and religious men and women serving in the archdiocese of Madurai.
The letter noted that Archbishop Antony Pappusamy had been a voice for the voiceless in society.
TNBC comprises 18 dioceses of the Latin ecclesiastical provinces of Madras-Mylapore, Madurai, Pondicherry-Cuddalore and four dioceses of the Oriental Rites namely, three Syro-Malabar dioceses and one Syro-Malankara diocese in Tamil Nadu.
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