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Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Vatican City, 19 November 2013 (VIS) - Today, the Holy Father:

- appointed Msgr. Michael F. Olson as bishop of Fort Worth (area 62,007, population 3,287,000, Catholics 710,000, priests 129, permanent deacons 109, religious 151), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Park Ridge, U.S.A. in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1994. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Alphonsianum Academy, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles, including lecturer at the St. Louis University Medical School, formator at the St. Mary seminary, professor at St. Thomas University, Houston, priest in the parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Fort Worth, and vicar general of Fort Worth. He is currently diocesan consultor and rector of the Holy Trinity seminary in Irving.

- appointed Bishop Mariano Crociata, secretary general of the Italian Episcopal Conference, as bishop of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno, (area 1,371, population 326,758, Catholics 320,223, priests 146, permanent deacons 16, religious 238), Italy. Bishop Crociata was born in Castelvetrano, Italy in 1953, was ordained to the priesthood in 1979, and received episcopal ordination in 2007.

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