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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Vatican City, 10 July 2013 (VIS) – Today, the Holy Father:

- appointed Msgr. Pedro Alberto Bustamante Lopez, of the clergy of Arequipa, Peru, as bishop of the prelature of Sicuani (area 15,800, population 301,000, Catholics 259,000, priests 16, religious 23), Peru. The bishop-elect was born in Cotaparaco, Peru in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome. He has served in pastoral roles in the parishes of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, Santa Gertrudis and San Agustin – El Sagragio. He has also served as pro-vicar general, episcopal vicar and vicar general of the archdiocese of Arequipa. He succeeds Bishop Miguel La Fay Bardi, O. Carm., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same prelature the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

- appointed Fr. Andrew Nkea Fuanya, of the clergy of Buea, as coadjutor bishop of Mamfe (area 10,500, population 320,000, Catholics 92,000, priests 39, religious 14), Cameroon. The bishop-elect was born in Widikum, Cameroon in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Urban University and has served as member of the commission for the doctrine of the National Episcopal Conference, judicial vicar of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the province of Bamenda, secretary general of the Episcopal Conference of the province of Bamenda, president of the Canon Law Assocation in Cameroon, and secretary general of the Catholic University of Cameroon.

- appointed Fr. Abdallah Elias Zaidan, M.L., as bishop of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles (Catholics 24,108, priests 39, permanent deacons 8, religious 15), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Kosaybe, Lebanon in 1963 and ordained a priest in 1986. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including adjunct rector in the cathedral of Our Lady of Lebanon in Brooklyn, rector of Our Lady of Mount Lebanon – St. Peter in Los Angeles, protopresbyter, member of the Episcopal Council of the south-west and north-west zone of the Maronite Eparchy of Los Angeles, member of the Tele-Lumiere Council of America, coordinator of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal, member of the Sexual Abuse Board, and member of Caritas Liban. He succeeds Bishop Robert Joseph Shaheen, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same eparchy the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with Canon 210, para. 1 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

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