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Monday, May 12, 2014


Vatican City, 12 May 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- elevated the eparchy of Sao Joao Batista in Curitiba of the Ukrainians to the rank of archieparchy, conserving the same title. He appointed Bishop Valdomiro Koubetch, O.S.B.M., previously bishop of the same eparchy, as first metropolitan archbishop.

- erected the eparchy of the Imaculada Conceicao in Prudentopolis of the Ukrainians, Brazil, with territory from the newly established archieparchy of Sao Joao Batista in Curitiba, making it a suffragan of the same archieparchy. He appointed Bishop Meron Mazur, O.S.B.M., auxiliary of Curitiba, as first eparchial bishop of the new circumscription.

On Saturday, 10 May the Holy Father:

- appointed Bishop Jacek Jezierski as bishop of Elblag (area 9,495, population 471,200, Catholics 451,000, priests 329, religious 178), Poland. Bishop Jezierski was formerly auxiliary of the archdiocese of Warmia, Poland. He succeeds Bishop Jan Styrna, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese was accepted by the Holy Father in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

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