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Wednesday, May 30, 2007


VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop Joao Bosco Oliver de Faria of Patos de Minas as metropolitan archbishop of Diamantina (area 45,171, population 488,000, Catholics 431,748, priests 61, permanent deacons 1, religious 72), Brazil. The archbishop-elect was born in Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil in 1939 he was ordained a priest in 1968, and consecrated a bishop in 1987. He succeeds Archbishop Paulo Lopes de Faria, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Bishop Irineu Roque Scherer of Garanhuns, Brazil as bishop of Joinville (area 9,119, population 986,000, Catholics 641,000, priests 93, permanent deacons 29, religious 329), Brazil.

 - Appointed Fr. Alick Banda, chancellor of the diocese of Ndola, Zambia and professor of canon law in various ecclesiastical institutes in Zambia, as bishop of Solwezi (area 125,826, population 750,000, Catholics 70,400, priests 37, religious 51), Zambia. The bishop-elect was born in Ndola in 1963 and ordained a priest in 1994.
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