VATICAN CITY, 3 JUN 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Appointed Bishop George Joseph Lucas of Springfield in Illinois, U.S.A., as metropolitan archbishop of Omaha (area 36,392, population 897,254, Catholics 230,430, priests 283, permanent deacons 193, religious 416), U.S.A. The archbishop-elect was born in Saint Louis, U.S.A. in 1949, he was ordained a priest in 1975 and consecrated a bishop in 1999. He succeeds Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- Elevated the apostolic prefecture of Mongo (area 540,000, population 1,700,000, Catholics 6,000, priests 9, religious 18), Chad, to the rank of apostolic vicariate, with the same territorial configuration as before. He appointed Fr. Henry Coudray S.J., currently apostolic prefect of Mongo, as apostolic vicar of the new apostolic vicariate. The bishop-elect was born in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, France in 1942 and ordained a priest in 1973.
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