Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Francis has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Madang (Papua New Guinea), presented by His Exc. Mgr. Stephen Joseph Reichert, O.F.M. Cap. At the same time he appointed His Exc. Mgr. Anton Bal, currently Bishop of Kundiawa, Archbishop of the same Metropolitan See.
His Exc. Mgr. Anton Bal was born on November 29, 1963 in Yuri, diocese of Kundiawa, was ordained a priest on December 17, 1991, was appointed Auxiliary of Kundiawa on June 5, 2007 and Ordinary of the same office on January 12, 2009. He currently holds the role of Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 26/7/2019)