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New Ukrainian bishops for England and Australia

Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski (right) with Archbishops Richard Smith of Edmonton and Richard Gagnon of Winnipeg in 2017 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has named new bishops for the Ukrainian Catholic dioceses in London and in Melbourne, Australia.

The Vatican announced on Wednesday that Pope Francis named Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski of the Canadian Eparchy of New Westminster, British Columbia, to be the new bishop of the Eparchy of the Holy Family of London in the UK.

Bishop Nowakowski, 61, had led the Canadian diocese since 2007.

The Vatican also said Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 76-year-old Bishop Peter Stasiuk, who had led the Eparchy of Sts Peter and Paul of Melbourne since early 1993.

To succeed Bishop Stasiuk, the Pope named Redemptorist Father Mykola Bychok, who will celebrate his 40th birthday on February 13.

Bishop-designate Bychok, who was born in Ternopil, Ukraine, was serving at St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic parish in Newark, New Jersey, at the time of his appointment. He entered the Redemptorist order in 1997 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005.