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New Agra CNI bishop elected 

Church of North India

Agra: The Church of North India (CNI) has elected Rev Pream Prakash Habil as its new bishop for Agra.

He succeeds Bishop Samuel Rajkumar Cutting, who had died in May.

The newly-elected bishop received 16 of the total 20 votes of the electoral board. The 57-year-old Protestant priest would be ordained bishop at St George’s Cathedral in Agra on September 29, the diocese said.

Rev Habil was secretary of the Agra Diocese. He will be the diocese’s fifth bishop after the Church of North India was formed from the old Anglican Church and a few other Churches, reported the Business Standard.

Bishop Cutting had died of heart attack in a hospital in Agra. He was to retire in November on completing 65 years, the statutory age for the CNI bishops to relinquish their post.

Agra diocese looks after the whole of western UP and Uttarakhand. It has some 70 churches, four hospitals, three postgraduate colleges and more than 50 schools and intermediate colleges under its care. It also manages cemeteries formerly owned and looked after by the Anglican Church.