Kroonstad, 12 December, 2022 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The acceptance of the resignation of the 70-year-old Catholic Bishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in Kroonstad Diocese in June 2011 was published by the Holy See Press office on Monday, December 12 and announced by members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).
Bishops are required to submit their respective letters of retirement at the age of 75. Compelling reasons such as “ill-health or other grave problems” are given as justifications for Bishops’ request to resign before their mandatory age.
The Holy See Press Office report does not give reasons for the resignation of Bishop Holiday. However, a statement from the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Kroonstad says the Holy Father accepted the resignation of the Bishop “following his sudden illness”.
“Following his sudden illness, Bishop Emeritus Peter Holiday resigned from this office as the Bishop of the Diocese of Kroonstad. Pope Francis accepted his resignation on Monday 12th December 2022,” the Chancellor of the South African Diocese, Fr. Michael Rasello, says.