NEW DIOCESE OF BARISAL AND APPOINTMENT OF THE FIRST BISHOP
His Holiness Pope Francis has erected the new Diocese of Barisal, dividing the Diocese of Chittagong and making it the suffragan of the Archdiocese of Dhaka. The Supreme Pontiff has appointed His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Lawrence Subroto Howlader, CSC as the first Bishop of the newly created diocese, transferring him from the titular Bishop of Afufenia and Auxiliary Bishop of Chittagong.
The news has been simultaneously released today Tuesday 29th December 2015 in the Vatican as well as in Bangladesh. I made the official announcement during the celebration of the Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Chittagong.
Vatican Embassy in Dhaka
29th December 2015