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Monday, December 2, 2013


On Saturday, 30 November the Holy Father:

- confirmed Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski as prefect for the Congregation for Catholic Education and Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani in the role of secretary of the same dicastery.

- appointed the following members of the Congregration for Catholic Education: Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, O.M.M., Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, archbishop of São Paulo, Cardinal John Njue, archbishop of Nairobi, Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, archbishop of New York, Cardinal John Tong Hon, bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Archbishop Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B., of Santiago de Chile, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, de Lodz, Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patron Wong, secretary for Seminarians of the Congregation for the Clergy.

- confirmed the roles of the following members of the Congregation for Catholic Education: Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, O.P., Cardinal Audrys Juozas Bačkis, Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, S.D.B., Cardinal José da Cruz Policarpo, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Cardinal Josip Bozanić, Cardinal Péter Erdő, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S.,Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins, Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien, Archbishop Alfredo Horacio Zecca, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller and Bishop Charles Morerod, O.P.

- appointed Rev. Raul Biord Castillo, S.D.B., as bishop of La Guaira (area 1,497, population 388,000, Catholics 352,000, priests 50, permanent deacons 2, religious 55), Venezuela. The bishop-elect was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1989. He holds a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome. and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He has served in the following roles: parish vicar in the parish of San Juan Bosco, Caracas; chaplain for the nuns of Los Teques, professor at the Institute of Theology for Religious Persons (ITER) of Caracas and professor and rector of the “P. Ojeda” Salesian University Institute of Los Teques. He is provincial vicar of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco in Venezuela.

- appointed Fr. Patrick Chisanga, O.F.M. Conv., as bishop of Mansa (area 51,000, population 1,162,000, Catholics 434,000, priests 55, permanent deacons 2, religious 99), Zambia. The bishop-elect was born in Kamuchanga, Zambia in 1971 and was ordained a priest in 1999. He completed his studies in Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish priest, guardian and formator at the St. Bonaventure College Regina Pacis of Chawama-Lusaka, guardian and director of studies at the Makeny Friary of Lusaka, and professor of Zambia and Malawi. He is currently professor at the St. Bonaventure College.

- appointed Msgr. Andrea Turazzi of the clergy of Ferrara-Comacchio as bishop of San Marino-Montefeltro (area 800, population 68,341, Catholics 61,696, priests 71, permanent deacons 8, religious 77), Italy-San Marino. The bishop-elect was born in Stellata di Bondeno, Italy in 1948 and was ordained a priest in 1972. He holds a licentiate in theology from the He has served in a number of pastoral roles in the archdiocese of Ferrara-Comacchio, including vicar of the parishes of Madonnina in Ferrara, and Pontelagoscuro, spiritual director of the archiepiscopal seminary, priest of the parishes of Corpus Domini and Sacra Famiglia in Ferrara. He has also been director of the diocesan office and co-ordinator of pastoral offices, archiepiscopal delegate for the permanent diaconate and for the Ordo Virginum, and assistant for Catholic Action. He is a member of the presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors. He was named Chaplain of His Holiness in 2006.

- appointed Msgr. Alain de Raemy as auxiliary bishop of Lausanne, Geneve and Fribourg (area 5,557, population 1,619,000, Catholics 703,000, priests 508, permanent deacons 25, religious 1,185), Switzerland. The bishop-elect was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1959 and was ordained a priest in 1986. He holds a licentiate in theology from the University of Fribourg. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest of the parish Cristo Rey in Fribourg, parish priest and canon of the cathedral of St. Nicholas, moderator of the “Notre Dame” pastoral unit, Fribourg. He is currently chaplain of the Pontifical Swiss Guard in the Vatican.

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