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Monday, January 17, 2005


VATICAN CITY, JAN 17, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

 - Fr. Hubert Herbreteau of the clergy of the diocese of Lucon, France, episcopal vicar for the "Cote et Marais Breton," as bishop of Agen (area 5,384, population 317,945, Catholics 246,000, priests 135, permanent deacons 14, religious 154), France. The bishop-elect was born in Vendrenness, France, in 1948, and ordained a priest in 1975.

 - Fr. Warnakulasurya Wadumestrige Devasritha Valence Mendis of the clergy of Chilaw, rector of the national seminary of Kandy, as coadjutor bishop of Chilaw (area 2,976, population 679,575, Catholics 233,187, priests 76, religious 250), Sri Lanka. The bishop-elect was born in Koralawella, Sri Lanka, in 1958, and ordained a priest in 1985.

  On Saturday, January 15, it was made public that he:

 - Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of Kansas City in Kansas, USA, presented by Archbishop James Patrick Keleher, in accordance with Canon 401, paragraph 2 of the Code of Canon Law. He is succeeded by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, coadjutor of the same archdiocese,

 - Appointed Bishop Juda Thaddaeus Ruwa'ichi. O.F.M. Cap., of Mbulu, Tanzania, as bishop of Dodoma (area 41,311, population 1,698,996, Catholics 318,807, priests 104, religious 543), Tanzania. He succeeds Bishop Matthias Joseph Isuja, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Bishop Leopoldo S. Tumulak of Tagbilaran, Philippines, as military ordinary for the Philippines.
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