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Tuesday, June 28, 2005


VATICAN CITY, JUN 28, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Raymond Centene of the clergy of the diocese of Perpignan, diocesan chancellor and pastor of the parish of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Gare, as bishop of Vannes (area 6,822, population 606,600, Catholics 600,000, priests 444, permanent deacons 45, religious 1,827), France. The bishop-elect was born in Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, in 1958 and ordained a priest in 1993. He succeeds Bishop Francois-Mathurin Gourves, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
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