His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Lordship Rt. Rev. Peter Celestine, OFM Cap., from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar, according to Canon Law 401 § 1, and has appointed Rev. Fr. Ivan Pereira, of the clergy of Jammu-Srinagar, as the new Bishop of Jammu-Srinagar.
From the same date, the Bishop-Elect is appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese until the date of his canonical taking possession.
This was made public in Rome on Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, at noon local time, corresponding to 16:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.