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Friday, June 10, 2011


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

  - appointed Msgr. Alfredo Zecca, of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, as Metropolitan Archbishop of Tucuman (area 10,996, population 1,112,000, Catholics 1,034,201, priests 143, permanent deacons 10, religious 238), Argentina. The bishop-elect was born in 1949 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was ordained a priest in 1976. He is currently a professor in the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Argentina. He succeeds Archbishop Luis Hector Villalba, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

  - erected the Chaldean eparchy of Canada with the name of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans (38,000 Catholics, priests 4), Canada. He appointed Archbishop Hanna Zora, of Ahwaz of the Chaldeans, Iran, as first bishop of the new eparchy.

  - appointed Bishop Ernesto Mandara, auxiliary of the Diocese of Rome, as bishop of Sabina-Poggio Mirteto (area 918, population 187,351, Catholics 175,808, priests 109, permanent deacons 6, religious 234), Italy.

  - appointed Msgr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Kaduna, Nigeria, as bishop of Sokoto (area 109,507, population 14,133,000, Catholics 44,366, priests 39, religious 35), Nigeria. The bishop-elect, was born in 1952 in Kulu, Zango, Nigeria and was ordained a priest in 1976. He succeeds Bishop Kevin J. Aje, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
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1 comment:

  1. The appointment of Rt. Rev. Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah perhaps may not a surprise to many and i because it was something long awaited to a personality like him.
    The choice for him to oversee the affairs of Sokoto Diocese was well deserve. His expertise and relationship with our Muslim brethren will further enhanced the bond of unity and consolidate on the peaceful nature that Sokoto is known with. I would say Congratulation to Msgr. Kukah and to Pope Benedict the XVI thank you for recognizing the person of that calibre.
    E.S. Tagwai, Kaduna Nigeria


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