Pope Francis appointed His Grace Most Rev. Antony Pappusamy (68), the Archbishop of Madurai as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the Diocese of Palayamkottai, having accepted the resignation of His Excellency Most Rev. Arochiasamy Jude Gerald Paulraj (75), the current Bishop of Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu.
The septagenarian bishop Paulraj, has served among the diocesans of Palayamkottai since 2000.
This ecclesiastical provision was made public in Rome on Friday, 29th June, 2018, around 15:30 hours, IST.