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POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS Fr. Simon Mani, MSC, Bishop of Tarawa and Nauru (CEPAC, Suva, Fiji) – Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Father Simon Samendra Mani of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC), currently the Rector of the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva, Fiji, as Bishop of the Diocese of Tarawa and Nauru in Kiribati and Nauru.This announcement was published in the Daily Bulletin of the Holy See on May 2, 2024 at noon Rome time.

Bishop-elect Simon Samendra Mani, born on March 27, 1968, in Labasa, Fiji is the oldest of four siblings. The bishop-elect grew up in a sugarcane farming community in Nagigi, Labasa. His ancestors were the few Catholic families brought to Fiji from India by the British as workers on a sugarcane plantation.

Bishop-elect Mani attributed his faith formation to his parents, who were the first teachers of his faith, especially his mother, who supported him in his discernment to the priesthood. He was taught by the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM) at the Holy Family Secondary School in Labasa, Fiji, and the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel. He is also grateful to the Columban Fathers in Fiji, and Sr. Francis Hardiman, SMSM, who was instrumental in his discernment to the priesthood.

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