John Nellikkunnel, hailing from Kadaplamattam in Palai and James Athikkalam from Pulimkunnu, have been appointed the Bishops of the Syro-Malabar dioceses of Idukki and Sagar, Uttar Pradesh, respectively.
The new appointments are being made in place of the present Bishops of the two dioceses attaining the retirement age of 75, said the Cardinal.
The newly-appointed Bishops were presented by the Cardinal at a press conference here.
He is the director of the Nirmal Jyoti Mental Health Programme in Bhopal and coordinator of the Syro-Malabar faithful in the central region of the country.
The announcement was made here on Friday by Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry at the church’s headquarters St. Thomas’ Mount, Kakkanad.