Pope Francis appoints new Indonesian bishop Archbishop

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Pope Francis appointed Xaverian Father Vitus Rubianto Solichin Bishop of Padang in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra and made Bishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono of Tanjungkarang the new Archbishop of Palembang in South Sumatra Province.

Both appointments were announced on July 3.

The appointment of the 52-year-old priest of the Pious Society of Saint Francis Xavier for Foreign Missions as Bishop of Padang was announced by the diocesan administrator, Father Alexander Irwan Suwandi, via a video message uploaded to Padang’s YouTube channel. . Diocese Commission for Social Communications.

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Bishop-elect Solichin said he will focus on developing basic church communities in his diocese covering the provinces of West Sumatra and Riau as well as the Mentawai Islands.

“It’s not easy to say what I’m going to do without really knowing what exactly the local Catholics need. I will focus on the development of basic church communities, ”he told UCA News by phone.

“I visited a parish in Pekanbaru, capital of Riau province, once for a Bible study program, where I got to know the parishioners. The parish church is pretty, but it serves a large number of parishioners.

Local Catholics need to grow. This is why I want to develop basic ecclesial communities on these islands.

“Also, when I was still a seminarian, I spent my pastoral orientation year in a parish on the Mentawai Islands. Local Catholics need to grow. This is why I want to develop basic ecclesial communities on these islands.

He also said he would strengthen solidarity among local Catholics.

“I am learning from the Archdiocese of Jakarta. The popular word of Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta is compassion. So spreading… compassion is what I want to do, ”he said.

Bishop-elect Solichin was born on November 15, 1968 in Semarang, capital of the province of Central Java. He attended the Minor Seminary of Saint-Pierre Canisius in Mertoyudan, also in the province, before joining the Pious Society of Saint-François-Xavier for Foreign Missions.

He continued his philosophical studies at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta and his theological studies at the Pontifical Wedabhakti Faculty of Theology of Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta Province.

After being ordained a Xaverian priest on July 7, 1997, he obtained a degree in Holy Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome from 1997 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2007, he taught sacred scriptures at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta and at the Fermentum Major Seminary in Bandung in West Java Province.

In 2012, he obtained a license in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. And since 2013, he is lecturer and vice president for academic affairs at Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, member of Xaverian formation team and Xaverian Provincial Council of Indonesia.

He has also served as Rector of the Xaverian Scholasticate and President of the Indonesian Association of Biblical Scholars since 2015 and 2018 respectively.

He has a degree in Islamology from the Pontifical Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies in Rome.

In the meantime, the appointment of Bishop Yuwono as Archbishop of Palembang and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Tanjungkarang has been announced by the Diocesan Secretary, Father Kornelius Anjarsi.

Archbishop-elect Yuwono was born on July 4, 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1992.

He holds a degree in Islamology from the Pontifical Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies in Rome and has held several pastoral positions, notably that of parish vicar in Sungaliat and president of the diocesan pastoral secretariat of Pangkalpinang. He is currently rector at the Interdiocesan Major Seminary of Pematangsiantar and professor of Islamic studies at the St. Yohanes Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Pematangsiantar.

He was appointed bishop of Tanjungkarang in Lampung province on July 19, 2013 and installed on October 10.


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