Goan-born appointed Archbishop of Delhi
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Goan-born Bishop of Jalandhar Anil Joseph Thomas Couto as Archbishop to the Archdiocese of Delhi.
Bishop Couto — who will be the main celebrant at the feast mass of St Francis Xavier on December 3 — was the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Delhi from January 17, 2001, till February 24, 2007, when he took charge of the present post.
Hailing from Pomburpa, Archbishop Couto was born on September 22, 1954, and joined the Minor Seminary of Our Lady, Saligao-Pilerne, for the preparatory studies for priesthood in 1967. He completed his Philosophy at the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol, before he joined the Delhi Diocese in 1977.
He completed his Theology at Vidya Jyothi, Delhi, in 1981 and was ordained priest on February 8, 1981. Appointed Rector of Gurukul, Minor Seminary in Gorgao in 1988, subsequently Rector of the Pratiksha Seminary in 1989, he was sent to Rome for his higher studies in 1991.
Having returned to India, he was Episcopal Vicar in 1999 and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi in January 17, 2011. He returns now to Delhi as its Archbishop.
The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has congratulated the new incumbent and has offered prayers for success in this new endeavour. [H]