Vatican City, 3 December 2013 (VIS) - Today, the Holy Father:
- appointed Fr. Joselito Carreno Quinonez, M.X.Y., as apostolic vicar of Inirida (area 86,000, population 30,000, Catholics 8,000, priests 13, religious 12), Colombia. The bishop-elect was born in Cepita, Colombia in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1996. He holds a degree in theology from Hekima College, Nairobi, Kenya, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including missionary in Kenya, in the diocese of Ngong; missionary in Ethiopia, in the apostolic prefettura (now apostolic vicariate) of Gambella; regional co-ordinator of the Institute for Foreign Missions of Yarumal in Kenya; rector of the seminary of the Institute for Foreign Missions of Yarumal in Kenya; and vicar general of the missionary institute. He succeeds Bishop Antonio Bayter Abud, M.X.Y., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same apostolic vicariate was accepted by the Holy Father, upon having reached the age limit.
- appointed Rev. Carlos Alberto Correa Martinez of the clergy of Sonson-Rionegro as apostolic vicar of Guapi (area 10,000, population 133,500, Catholics 129,500, priests 15, religious 25), Colombia. The bishop-elect was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He holds a licentiate in missiology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome. He has served in a number of pastoral and administrative roles, including priest in the parish of “Nuestra Senora de los Angeles”, Portoviejo, Ecuador; vicar in the parish of “Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria”, Sonson-Rionegro, Colombia; missionary in Riohacha and Monteria; co-ordinator and formator, and subsequently director of the San Paolo priestly association; episcopal delegate for missionary work; professor and spiritual director of the Seminario Misionero del Espiritu Santo.
- appointed Msgr. Jorge Vazquez and Fr. Carlos Alberto Novoa de Agustini O.F.M. Cap.as auxiliary bishops of Lomas de Zamora (area 1,352, population 2,469,000, Catholics 1,979,000, priests 115, permanent deacons 75, religious 402), Argentina.
Bishop-elect Vazquez was born in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina in 1950 and was ordained a priest in 1983. He holds a degree in theology and a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Catholic University in Argentina. He has served in various pastoral roles, including priest in the parishes of Cristo Redentor in Villa Jardin, Inmaculada Concepcion in Monte Grande and of the Cathedral N.S. de la Paz, in Lomas de Zamora; rector of the diocesan seminary Santa Cruz; member of the presbyteral council and the College of Consultors; chancellor and diocesan representative of Caritas and Social Pastoral, assessor for the Circulo Catolico de Obreros, and since 2009, vicar general of Lomas de Zamora.
Bishop-elect Novoa de Agustini O.F.M. Cap. was born in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1996. He holds a licentiate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical University "Antonianum", Rome, and has served in the following roles within the Capuchin Order: deputy master of postulants, deputy master of temporary professed; promoter of vocational pastoral; provincal secretary; provincial definitor, guardian of the convent of “Nuevo Paris”, Montevideo, and master of temporary professed; provincial vicar, definitor general for Latin America and Spain. He has held a number of other pastoral roles, including parish vicar of Santa Maria de los Angeles, Buenos Aires; priest and rector of the shrine of N.S. del Rosario de Nueva Pompeya, Buenos Aires; parish vicar of San Francisco de Asis, Montevideo; administrator of the parish and sanctuary of St. Anthony in Montevideo, and since 2012, parish vicar of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Cordoba, Argentina.