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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Aind (75) from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Dibrugarh.
The acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Joseph Aind was made public in Rome on Tuesday.
The Pope also announced the succession of Bishop Albert Hemrom as the new Bishop of the Diocese.
Bishop Aind resigned upon reaching 75, the traditional retirement age for Catholic Bishops besides health reasons.
Bishop Aind served the Diocese from 1995 to 2020 - the longest tenure compared to his predecessors. The Catholic Diocese of Dibrugarh comprises Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Jorhat, Majuli and Golaghat districts.
Bishop Aind was the fifth Bishop of the Diocese.
Bishop Aind also served the Church in Northeast India as the Chairman of the Social Communication Commission, Nescom, under the North East Regional Bishops’ Conference, from 1996 to 2000.
He was the first local from the Diocese of Dibrugarh to be ordained a priest.
They ordained him Bishop of the Diocese of Dibrugarh on March 19, 1995.
In a programme organised at Sacred Cathedral church in Bishop’s House here, Bishop Aind expressed his gratitude to the clergy, religious leaders and the laity for their cooperation and support during his pastoral ministry.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)
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