The Pope had accepted the resignation of Mannar Bishop, Rt.Rev. Rayappu Josephunder section 1 of the Cannon Law 401, the Apostolic Ambassador had announced.
Pope Francis had appointed the Retired Trincomalee Bishop Rt.Rev. Kingsley Swampillai as the Apostolic Administrator of Mannar Diocese, until such time a new Bishop is appointed for Mannar.
This announcement was made from Vatican at 4.30 p.m., Sri Lankan time, said the Vicar General of Mannar Diocese, Rev.Fr.Victor Sosai said.
Following this announcement, Rt.Rev. Kingsley Swampillai took over his duties as the Apostolic Administrator of Mannar Diocese through a special mass offered at St. Sebastian Cathedral, Mannar.