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Monday, September 30, 2013


On Saturday, 28 September, the Holy Father:

- appointed Bishop Julito B. Cortes as bishop of Dumaguete (area 4,955, population 1,172,000, Catholics 1,034,000, priests 104, religious 125), Philippines. Bishop Cortes, previously auxiliary of Cebu, was born in Paranaque, Philippines in 1956, was ordained to the priesthood in 1980, and received episcopal ordination in 2002.

- appointed Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc as coadjutor archbishop of Ho Chi Minh Ville (area 2,093, population 7,365,520, Catholics 685,707, priests 658, religious 5,900), Vietnam. Archbishop-elect Bui Van Doc, previously bishop of My Tho, Vietnam, was appointed as apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the diocese of My Tho, Vietnam.

- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, as special envoy to the celebration of the Fourth American Missionary Congress (CAM4) and the Ninth Missionary Congress of Latin America (COMLA9), scheduled to take place in Maracaibo, Venezuela on 1 December 2013.

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