Vatican City, 20 September 2013 (VIS) - Today, the Holy Father:
- appointed Bishop Donald J. Kettler as bishop of Saint Cloud (area 31,730, population 559,865, Catholics 142,042, priests 216, permanent deacons 52, religious 637), U.S.A. Bishop Kettler, previously bishop of Fairbanks, U.S.A., was born in Minneapolis, U.S.A., in 1944, was ordained to the priesthood in 1970, and received episcopal ordination in 2002. He succeeds Bishop John F. Kinney, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese, upon having reached the age limit, was accepted by Holy Father.
- appointed Archbishop Roger Lawrence Schwietz, O.M.I., of Anchorage, U.S.A., as apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of Fairbanks (U.S.A.).
- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Wewak, Papua New Guinea, presented by Bishop Anthony Joseph Burgess upon having reached the age limit, appointing Archbishop Stephen Joseph Reichert , O.F.M. Cap. of Madang as apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of Wewak.