The Vatican announced yesterday it would create a new Tamil-majority diocese in the east of the country.
It says Trincomalee-Batticaloa diocese is to be divided, making Batticaloa a diocese in its own right.
The new diocese will comprise 55,225 Catholics with 48 priests.
“We have been expecting this news for a long time,” Bishop Joseph said.
“People here have been urging the Vatican to declare a separate diocese since 1980,” the bishop said. “Administrative matters will be much easier from now on,” he added.
The official installation ceremony will be held on September 23.