His Holiness, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Lordship Rt. Rev. Jude Gerald Paulraj A. as Bishop of Palayamkottai and has appointed His Grace Most Rev. Antony Pappusamy as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the Diocese of Palayamkottai.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) expressed their gratitude towards His Grace Bishop Jude Gerald Paulraj for his dedicated services to the Church in Palayamkottai and the Church in India.