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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Vatican City, 15 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- appointed Rev. Acquirino Francis Kibira as bishop of Kasese (area 3,205, population 610,000, Catholics 292,106, priests 39, religious 66), Uganda. The bishop-elect was born in Kigoto-Bulyansungwe, Uganda in 1958, and was ordained a priest in 1984. He studied sacred scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles, including: lecturer at the Katigondo National major seminary, Masaka; head of permanent formation of the clergy; lecturer and dean of studies at St. Paul's National Seminary Kinyamasika, Fort Portal. He is currently rector of the same national seminary. He succeeds Bishop Egidio Nkaijanabwo, whose resignation upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.

- appointed Msgr. Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo as bishop of Abeokuta (area 10,562, population 2,570,000, Catholics 70,125, priest 61, religious 40), Nigeria. The bishop-elect was born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1964. He holds a licentiate and a doctorate in history of the Church from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles: lecturer at the minor seminary of the parishes of St. Patrick and St. Ignatius of Loyola; resident priest in St. Mary's Cathedral of Ibadan; priest of the Church of the Assumption at Bodija; lecturer in history of the Church at the Sts. Peter and Paul seminary and the Dominican Institute; president of the Ibadan Diocesan Priests Association and secretary of the Diocesan Priests of All Yorubaland. He is currently vicar general of the archdiocese of Ibadan.

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