Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Rev. Fr. Christian Noel Emmanuel as bishop of Trincomalee (area 2,727, population 378,182, Catholics 19,606, priests 36, religious 52), Sri Lanka. The bishop-elect was born in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1986. He has served as parish priest, diocesan head of catechism and liturgy, and professor at the diocesan seminary, and is currently vicar and bursar of the same diocese. He succeeds Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swampillai, whose resignation upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the holy father.
Trincomalee is a port city on the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka, about 257 kilometres northeast of Colombo. The Diocese of Trincomalee (1893), is a Suffragan of the Archdiocese of Colombo, has an area of â€‹â€‹2,727 square kilometers and a population of 378,182 inhabitants, of whom 19,606 are Catholics. There are 13 parishes, served by 36 priests (20 diocesan and 16 religious), 18 religious brothers, 34 nuns and 4 seminarians.
His Excellency Archbishop Pierre Nguyên Van Tot, the Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, His Grace the Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Marcus Fernando, His Grace the Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis, and His Lordships Bishops Thomas Savundrnayagam, Vianney Fernando, Winston Fernando SSS, Norbert Andradi OMI, Harold Anthony, Valence Mendis, Emmanuel Fernando, Maxwell Silva, Cletus Perera, Raymond Wickramasinghe and Mons. Renato Kucic participated in the ceremony.
A large number of priests & Religious from different parts of the country, represenative of the Christian denominations, political representatives, His Excellency Geoff Doidge the High Commissioner for South Africa and and Mrs. Doidge, many other distinguished guests and thousands of people participated in this solemn celebration