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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 10 MAY 2011 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father appointed:

- Archbishop Fernando Filoni, formerly substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. He succeeds Cardinal Ivan Dias, whose resignation the Holy Father accepted upon having reached the age limit.

- Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, formerly apostolic nuncio to Cuba, as substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

- Bishop Johannes Harmannes Jozefus van den Hende, of Breda, Netherlands, as Bishop of Rotterdam, (area 8,326, population 3,555,000, Catholics 528,000, priests 383, permanent deacons 38, religious 599), Netherlands.

- Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, formerly apostolic nuncio to Chile, as apostolic nuncio to the Philippines.
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  1. Very sad to hear about Card. Ivan. He was a stalwart required in the Catholic church.

  2. Strange to hear Card. Ivan talk so much about India, but post retirement, has decided to stay in Rome.People forget their origin!


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