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Bishops of the Indian Ocean, with Bishop Ian Ernest third from left.
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President Marc and Mrs Lalasoa Ravalomanana with former Archbishop Remi Rabenirina.
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Malagasy bishops with the Presidential couple.
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Indian Ocean Elects New Archbishop, Visits Malagasy President
February 5, 2006

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Bishop Ian Ernest of Mauritius has been elected as the new Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean. He succeeds Bishop Remi Rabenirina of Antananarivo Diocese.

The election took place at the Provincial Synod meeting held in St James Cathedral, Toamasina, on Tues 24th February. The Diocese of Toamasina is important in a special way as the Anglican martyr, Abel was stoned to death in Mahanoro village in the diocese in 1896.

This year we shall be celebrating the 110 th anniversary of that event with a national Malagasy clergy meeting in Toamasina Diocese at the end of May.

After the Provincial meeting , the Malagasy Bishops paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Malagasy Republic, His Excellency Mr Marc Ravalomanana and his wife, at his private residence in Antananarivo.

The College of Bishops presented the President with a picture of Canterbury Cathedral and also that of the Anglican Cathedral of St Laurent in Antananarivo.

Bishop Remi Rabenirina is also the Chairman of the FFKM ,the Christian Council of Madagascar and this Council plays an important part in the political arena for justice sake.

Bishop Roger Chung was given a new 3-year term as the Chairman of the Board of St Paul's Theological College in Ambatoharanana on 28th January 2006.

The Rector, Canon JP Jaomandiny, has been having a difficult task re-organising the College and trying to set up relevant programs for the College. We still badly lack tutors for a more balanced curriculum. We are looking for visiting tutors who will be willing to spend time in this theological mission field.