Pope appoints former refugee as bishop of Australian diocese

Pope appoints former refugee as bishop of Australian diocese

Pope Francis appointed a former refugee as the head of the Australian Diocese of Parramatta, announced Vatican.

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, 54, once was a refugee who fled war-torn Vietnam by boat. Before appointing as a bishop, he served as a Conventual Franciscan priest in Australia since 1989 and Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne since 2011.

Bishop Nguyen was born in South Vietnam in 1961. He was one among the hundreds of thousands of boat people who escaped from the Vietnam War in the 1970s and 1980s. He became a friar in 1983 and received a degree in theology in 1988.