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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 14 JUL 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Fr. Pedro Carlos Cipolini of the clergy of the archdiocese of Campinas, Brazil, pastor of the basilica cathedral "Nossa Senhora do Carmo", episcopal vicar and professor of theology at the Pontifical Catholic University, as bishop of Amparo (area 2,084, population 363,570, Catholics 296,770, priests 33, religious 168), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Caconde, Brazil in 1952 and ordained a priest in 1978. He succeeds Bishop Francisco Jose Zugliani, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Erected the apostolic exarchate for Syro-Malankar faithful in the United States of America (priests 15, religious 35), appointing Fr. Thomas Naickamparampil, secretary general of the major archiepiscopate of the Syro-Malankar Church, as first apostolic exarch of the new exarchate, at the same time appointing him also as apostolic visitor for Syro-Malankar faithful in Canada and Europe The bishop-elect was born in Mylapra, India in 1961 and ordained a priest in 1986.
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