Vatican City, May 21, 2006 / 22:00 pm
Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Ivan Dias, has been appointed Prefect of the Congregation of the Evangelization of the Peoples at the Vatican. He will continue as administrator of the archdiocese of Bombay until he leaves to take over his responsibilities at the Vatican.
Born in Bandra, Cardinal Dias, 70, was ordained a priest in 1958 and has held several senior diplomatic positions for the Vatican over the last 33 years, the first being the secretary of the Apostolic Nunciatures in Scandinavian and Nordic countries, Indonesia and Madagascar.
He also worked as chief of desk in the Vatican for many countries in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia and was a papal representative in Ghana, Togo, Benin, South Korea and Albania. He was appointed archbishop of Bombay in 1996 and made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.
The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, founded in 1622, is the Vatican's department entrusted with the coordination of programs aimed at spreading the gospel in territories where Christianity is still young.