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Tuesday, October 12, 2004


VATICAN CITY, OCT 12, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

- Bishop Jose Carmelo Martinez Lazara, O.A.R., bishop-prelate of Chota, Peru as bishop of Cajamarca (area 15,333, population 805,225, Catholics 761,421, priests 57, permanent deacons 1, religious 168), Peru.

- Fr. Ricardo Garcia Garcia, director of the Center of the Society of the Holy Cross for Abancay, Cuzco and Arequipa, Peru as bishop-prelate of Yauyos (area 15,516, population 330,707, Catholics 291,000, priests 41, religious 54), Peru. Bishop-elect Garcia was born in 1955 in Lima, Peru, and was ordained a priest in 1983.

- Msgr. Javier Augusto Del Rio Alba, vicar general of the diocese of Callao, Peru and rector of the major diocesan seminary as auxiliary for the same diocese (area 73,820, population 900,000, Catholics 830,000, priests 99, permanent deacons 12, religious 163) in Peru. The bishop-elect was born in Lima, Peru in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1992.
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VATICAN CITY, OCT 12, 2004 (VIS) - The 48th International Eucharistic Congress, which opened with a solemn Eucharistic liturgy the evening of October 10 in Guadalajara, Mexico, began six days of formal meetings yesterday morning in the presence of Cardinals Juan Sandoval Iniguez, archbishop of Guadalajara and Josef Tomko, the Holy Father's legate this event, and thousands of delegates from throughout the world. The theme of the congress is: "The Eucharist: Light and Life of the new Millennium."

  Each day starts with a plenary session and has a specific theme: Monday, October 11 was dedicated to "We want to see your face, Oh Lord!"; Tuesday: "Eucharist, Viaticum on the Journey, Accompanies Our Pilgrimage"; Wednesday: "Eucharist, Mystery of Communion and Mission"; Thursday: "Eucharist, Center of Church Life"; Friday: "Eucharist, Exigency and Model of Sharing"; Saturday: "Eucharist, Fount of Evangelization."

   At the start of the congress, special reports were given on the ecclesial importance of the Eucharist on each of the continents. The program features perpetual Eucharistic adoration at designated sites of adoration, recitation of the Rosary in various pastoral centers in October 12, and a solemn procession with the Most Holy Sacrament on the streets of Guadalajara and a blessing in Liberation Square in the historical center of the city on October 14.

    Today, October 12 there will be a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Zapopan in Guadalajara, starting at 6 a.m. local time and concluding with Mass at 10 a.m.

   The Eucharistic Congress will close in Mexico on Sunday, October 17, with Mass at 10 .m. in  Jalisco Stadium. Simultaneously there will be a television linkup with Rome and St. Peter's Square during which time Pope John Paul will open the Year of the Eucharist.

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