VATICAN CITY, 22 DEC 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:
- As members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Archbishop Edmond Farhat, apostolic nuncio, and Bishop Raffaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy.
- Msgr. Emmanuel Kerketta, diocesan administrator of Jashpur, India, as bishop of the same diocese (area 6,457, population 743,160, Catholics 188,820, priests 170, religious 343). The bishop-elect was born in Gotmahua, India in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1984.
- Msgr. Mark Davies of the clergy of the diocese of Salford, England, vicar general, as coadjutor of Shrewsbury (area 6,136, population 1,862,000, Catholics 222,000, priests 152, permanent deacons 45, religious 189), England. The bishop-elect was born in Manchester, England in 1959 and ordained a priest in 1984.
- As consultors of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops: Msgr. Ermenegildo Manicardi, rector of Rome's Alma Collegio Capranica; Fr. Markus Graulich S.D.B., substitute promoter of justice at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura; Fr. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, vice rector of Rome's Pontifical Urban University; Fr. Paul Bere S.J., professor of Old Testament studies and biblical languages at the "Institut de Theologie de la Compagnie de Jesus" and the "Universite Catholique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest" in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and at the "Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology" in Nairobi, Kenya; Fr. Juan Javier Flores Arcas O.S.B., rector of Rome's St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum; Fr. Paolo Martinelli O.F.M. Cap., president of the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality at the Antonianum Pontifical Athenaeum in Rome and professor of dogmatic and spiritual theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and Fr. Samir Khalil Samir S.J., professor of the history of Arab culture and of Islamic studies at St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon.
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