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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Vatican City, 29 January 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- appointed Bishop Edmilson Amador Caetano, O. Cist. of Barretos, Brazil, as bishop of Guarulhos (area 341, population 1,357,000, Catholics 879,000, priests 50, religious 105), Brazil.

- appointed Msgr. Estevam Santos Silva Filho as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Sao Salvador da Bahia (area 3,859, population 3,862,000, Catholics 2,730,000, priests 289, religious 756), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil in 1968, and was ordained a priest in 1995. He studied philosophy at the Instituto Filosofico Nossa Senhora das Vitorias and theology at the Instituto Coracao Eucaristico de Jesus in Belo Horizonte, and specialised in communications at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest in various parishes in the archdiocese of Vitoria da Conquista, and was spiritual director of the preparatory seminary at Itapetinga, the major seminary of philosophy in Vitoria da Conquista, and the major seminary of theology in Ilheus. He also serves as a member of the Council of Formators, the College of Consultors, and the Presbyteral Council, and as ecclesiastical assessor for archdiocesan pastoral of communication and in the youth sector. He is currently priest of the parish “Nossa Senhora das Candeias”, archdiocesan bursar and formator in the seminary of philosophy in Vitoria da Conquista.

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