AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Mgr Marie Daniel Dadiet new Metropolitan Archbishop of Korhogo and Rev. Bessi Dogbo new Bishop of Katiola

Wednesday, 12 May 2004

Vatican City (Fides Service) - The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II has, 12 May 2004, made the following changes in the Church in Ivory Coast
He has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Korhogo, Bishop Marie Daniel Dadiet, until now Bishop Katiola;
He has appointed Bishop of Katiola Reverend Ignace Bessi Dogbo, Vicar general of the diocese of Yopougon and parish priest at the Cathedral.
The new bishop elect of Katiola, Reverend Ignace Bessi Dogbo was born on 17 August 1961 at Niangon-Adjamé, Diocese of Yopougon, Ivory Coast. He studied in his home country and in Rome, obtaining a Licentiate in Exegesis from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He was ordained a priest on 2 August 1987 for the diocese of Yopougon. He engaged in pastoral ministry (1987/89) and then studied in Rome (1989/93). From 1993 to 1995 he was diocesan director of the Pontifical Mission Societies; since 1995 he has been Vicar general and since 1997 parish priest of the Cathedral. He teaches Biblical languages at Saint Paul d’Abadjin Kouté major seminary. He was also JEC diocesan spiritual assistant. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 12/5/2004; Righe 13; Parole 166)