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Monday, June 21, 2004


VATICAN CITY, JUN 21, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Illigan, Philippines, presented by Bishop Emilio L. Bataclan in accordance with Canon 401, par. 2 of the Code of Canon Law and he appointed him auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Cebu, (area 5,088, population 3,320,497, Catholics 2,872,434, priests 592, religious 1,636), Philippines.

- Appointed Msgr. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, official of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", as undersecretary of the same council.

  On Saturday, June 19, it was made public that the Holy Father:

- Appointed Bishop André Rivest, auxiliary of Montreal, Canada, as bishop of Chicoutimi (area 90,850, population 264,486, Catholics 260,915, priests 203, permanent deacons 39, religious 697), Canada.  He succeeds Bishop Jean-Guy Couture whose resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese was accepted upon having reached the age limit.

- Appointed Msgr. Jose Miguel Angel Giles Vazquez, vicar general of Toluca, Mexico, as bishop of Ciudad Altamirano (area 16,000, population 690,000, Catholics 676,100, priests 61, religious 100), Mexico. The bishop-elect was born in Coatepec Harinas, Mexico in 1941 was ordained a priest in 1964.

- Appointed Fr. Florentino Galang Lavarias, director of the "Assist" Program of the Filipino Episcopal Conference, as bishop of Iba (area 3,642, population 650,637, Catholics 520,509, priests 41, religious 93), Philippines.  The bishop-elect was born in 1957 in Santa Ines, Philippines and was ordained a priest in 1985.

- Appointed Bishop Isabelo Caiban Abarquez, auxiliary of Cebu, Philippines, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Palo (area 4,620, population 1,572,472, Catholics 1,257,977, priests 142, religious 142), Philippines.

- Appointed Bishop Louis Dicaire, auxiliary of Montreal, Canada, as auxiliary of Saint-Jean Longueuil (area 2,073, population 654,066, Catholics 569,000, priests 148, permanent deacons 3, religious 432), Canada.

- Appointed Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, archbishop of Madrid, Spain, as his special envoy to the closing celebrations of the pilgrimage of European youth in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on August 7 and 8, 2004.
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