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Monday, December 20, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 18 DEC 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, as his special envoy to the closing celebrations of the Jubilee Year of the Church in Vietnam, called to mark the 350th anniversary of the creation of the first two apostolic vicariates in the country, and the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Catholic hierarchy. The celebrations are due to take place at the Marian shrine of LaVang from 4 to 6 January 2011.

 - Appointed Archbishop Antonio Mennini, apostolic nuncio to the Russian Federation and to Uzbekistan, as apostolic nuncio to Great Britain.

 - Appointed Bishop Joseph Karikkassery, auxiliary of Verapoly, India, as bishop of Kottapuram (area 3,300, population 3,333,467, Catholics 89,569, priests 137, religious 330), India.

 - Appointed Fr. Santiago Gomez Sierra, dean of the cathedral chapter in Cordoba, Spain, as auxiliary of Seville (area 14,036, population 1,875,462, Catholics 1,865,000, priests 691, permanent deacons 43, religious 2,839), Spain. The bishop-elect was born in Madridejos, Spain in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1982.
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