Vatican City, 21 January 2014 (VIS) – Today, the Holy Father:
- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Yoro, Honduras, presented by Bishop Jean-Louis Giasson, P.M.E., in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
- appointed Rev. Joseph de Metz-Noblat as bishop of Langres (area 6,211, population 194,100, Catholics 142,500, priests 44, permanent deacons 16, religious 85), France. The bishop-elect was born in Cherbourg, France in 1959 and was ordained a priest in 1987. He began a military career, attaining the naval rank of frigate captain, after which he undertook the role of head of personnel in a metal works. He studied philosophy and theology in the major seminary of Metz and then at the Institut Catholique in Paris, where he obtained a licentiate in Canon Law. He has served in the following pastoral roles: vicar in Saint-Michel and Commercy; priest in Triaucourt et Rembercourt and Verdun, chaplain of the Mouvement Eucharistique des Jeunes, head of the diocesan service for vocations, diocesan head of youth pastoral, and superior of the “Saint Jean-Baptiste” interdiocesan preparatory seminary. He has served in the Interdiocesan Tribunal, as Defender of the Bond and as adjunct judicial vicar. He is currently vicar general of Verdun. He succeeds Bishop Philippe Gueneley, whose resignation upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.