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Monday, March 24, 2014


Vatican City, 22 March (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam, presented by Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man, upon reaching the age limit. He is succeeded by Bishop Paul Bui Van Doc, coadjutor of the same archdiocese.

- appointed Rev. Juan Armando Perez Talamantes and Rev. Alfonso Gerardo Miranda Guardiola as auxiliaries of the archdiocese of Monterrey (area 17,886, population 7,387,000, Catholics 5,910,000, priests 595, permanent deacons 44, religious 1228), Mexico.

Bishop-elect Perez Talamantes was born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1970, and was ordained a priest in 1997. He holds a licentiate in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and has served in the following pastoral roles: vicar, spiritual director, coordinator of discipline and prefect of studies in the major seminary of Monterrey, and priest of the parishes of “Sagrada Familia” and “San Francisco de Asis” in Apocada. He is currently episcopal vicar for the Zone X and director of the Benedict XVI Institute for the formation of laypersons in ordinary pastoral care.

Bishop-elect Miranda Guardiola was born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1998. He holds a licentiate in moral theology from the Pontifical University of Mexico. He has held the following pastoral roles: prefect of discipline and studies in the minor seminary, lecturer in the major seminary, deputy priest in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, assessor for groups of divorced persons and rector of the temple of “St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe”. He is currently secretary chancellor of the Curia and director of the ecclesiastical archive and department of history of the archdiocese of Monterrey. He is the author of nine books.

- appointed Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, apostolic nuncio in Lituania, as apostolic nuncio in Estonia and Latvia.

- appointed Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Tot as apostolic nuncio in Sri Lanka. Archbishop Nguyen Van Tot was previously apostolic nuncio in Costa Rica.

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