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Monday, April 7, 2014


Vatican City, 5 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- appointed Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo, S.A.C., as bishop of Maroua-Mokolo (area 14,332, population 2,000,000, Catholics 70,000, priests 66, permanent deacons 10, religious 134), Cameroon. The bishop-elect was born in Zoetele, Cameroon in 1964, gave his perpetual vws in 1994 and was ordained a priest in 1995. He holds a licentiate in pastoral theology from the Pallottine Theological Institute in Vallendar, Germany. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest of the parish of “Sts. Peter and Paul” in Mfoundi, Yaounde, Cameroon; rector of the the Pallottine Theologate and of the basilica “Marie-Reine-des-Apotres” at Mvolye, Yaounde; and regional rector of the Pallottine Society for Cameroon and Nigeria. He is currently president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Cameroon. He succeeds Bishop Philippe Albert Joseph Stevens, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

- appointed Fr. Joseph Tran Van Toan as auxiliary of Long Xuyen (area , population , Catholics , priests , permanent deacons , religious ), Vietnam. The bishop-elect was born in Thai Binh, Vietnam in 1955 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He holds a doctorate in education from the De La Salle University of Manila, Philippines, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including vicar of the parish of “Our Lady of the Rosary” in Lang Sen and vicar forane of Vinh Thanh in Long Xuyen. He is currently director of the pastoral centre and coordinator of pastoral and missionary activities for the diocese, rector of the minor seminary of St. Theresa, and teacher of missiology at the interdiocesan major seminary of Can Tho.

- appointed Bishop Francois Eid, emeritus of Le Caire dei Maroniti and procurator in Rome for Antioch of the Maronites, as a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

- appointed Bishop Mansueto Bianchi, previously bishop of Pistoia, as general ecclesiastical assistant of Italian Catholic Action.

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