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Tuesday, September 8, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 8 SEP 2009 (VIS) - The following prelates died in recent weeks:

 - Archbishop John Choi Young-soo, emeritus of Daegu, Korea, on 31 August at the age of 67.

 - Bishop Nicolas D'Antonio Salza O.F.M., former prelate of Inmaculada Concepcion de la B.V.M. en Olancho, Honduras, on 2 August at the age of 93.

 - Bishop Frank Marcus Fernando, emeritus of Chilaw, Sri Lanka, on 24 August at the age of 77.

 - Bishop Czeslaw Lewandowski, former auxiliary of Wloclawek, Poland, on 16 August at the age of 87.

 - Archbishop Gustavo Martinez Frias of Nueva Pamplona, Colombia, on 29 August at the age of 74.

 - Archbishop Anthony Mayla of Mwanza, Tanzania, on 19 August at the age of 69.

 - Bishop John Baptist Minder O.S.F.S., emeritus of Keimoes-Upingtom, South Africa, on 13 August at the age of 85.

 - Bishop Carl K. Moeddel, former auxiliary of Cincinnati, U.S.A., on 25 August at the age of 71.

 - Bishop John Mulagada of Eluru, India, on 16 August at the age of 71.

 - Archbishop Gilles Ouellet P.M.E., emeritus of Rimouski, Canada, on 13 August at the age of 86.
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VATICAN CITY, 8 SEP 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop Socrates B. Villegas of Balanga, Philippines, as archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan (area 1,565, population 1,313,000, Catholics 1,084,000, priests 76, religious 57), Philippines. The archbishop-elect was born in Manila, Philippines in 1960, he was ordained a priest in 1985 and consecrated a bishop in 2001. He succeeds Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed as ordinary members of the Pontifical Academy of Fine Arts and Literature "dei Virtuosi al Pantheon": Enzo Orti, Angelo Casciello and Luca Pace for the section of painters and filmmakers; Sergio Capellini for the section of sculptors; Marco Guzzi, Roberto Mussapi and Gerardo Bianco for the section of writers and poets.
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VATICAN CITY, 8 SEP 2009 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff today announced that the following rites of beatification, approved by the Holy Father, will take place over the coming months:

 - Servant of God Eustachio Kugler (ne Joseph), German professed religious of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God: at 2 p.m. on Sunday 4 October in the cathedral of Regensburg, Germany.

 - Servant of God Ciriaco Maria Sancha y Hervas, Spanish cardinal and archbishop, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Cardinal Sancha, at 10 a.m. on Sunday 18 October in the cathedral of Toledo, Spain.

 - Servant of God Carlo Gnocchi, Italian diocesan priest and founder of the "Pro Juventute" Foundation: at 10 a.m. on Sunday 25 October in the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy.

 - Servant of God Zoltan Lajos Meszlenyi, Hungarian bishop and martyr: at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 31 October in the cathedral of Esztergom, Hungary.

 - Servant of God Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas (nee Soultaneh Maria), co-foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem: at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday 22 November, Solemnity of Christ the King, in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel.
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