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Monday, September 16, 2013


Vatican City, 16 September 2013 (VIS) - Today, the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Paul Pallath as relator to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Msgr. Pallath was formerly head of the office dealing with procedures for dispensation from unconsummated marriage and causes for the nullity of priestly ordination, at the Tribunal of the Roman Rota.

On Saturday, 14 September the Holy Father:

- accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Bafoussam, Cameroon, presented by Bishop Gabriel Simo, upon having reached the age limit.

- appointed Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza as bishop of San Carlos (area 3,041, population 979,000, Catholics 867,000, priests 70, religious 88), Philippines. Bishop Alminaza, previously auxiliary of Jaro, was born in San Jose, Philippines in 1959, was ordained to the priesthood in 1986, and received episcopal ordination in 2008.

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