Vatican City, 5 May 2014 (VIS) – Today the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Francesco Oliva as bishop of Locri-Gerace (area 1,248, population 133,000, Catholics 122,000, priests 99, permanent deacons 7, religious 144), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Avena di Papasidero, Italy in 1951 and was ordained a priest in 1976. He holds a doctorate in Utroque Jure from the Pontifical Lateran University, as well as an archivist's diploma from the Vatican Secret Archive and a degree in pedagogy from the LUMSA (Libera Universita Maria Santissima Assunta), and is a lawyer of the Roman Rota. He has served in a number of pastoral, administrative and academic roles, including vicar in the parishes of Santa Gemma Galgani in Rome and Santa Maria del Piano in Verbicaro, canon of the Cathedral chapter of Cassano dell'Jonio; defender of the bond and subsequently ecclesiastical judge at the regional ecclesiastical tribunal of Calabria; pro-rector of the diocesan seminary; spiritual father of the diocesan seminary; president of the diocesan institute for the support of the clergy; priest of the parish of San Girolamo a Castrovillari; lecturer in canon law at the Catanzaro theological institute; visiting lecturer at the “Magna Grecia” University of Catanzaro; visiting lecturer at the “Pastor Bonus” institute of Dipodi; judicial vicar of the diocese of Cassano all'Jonio; vicar forane of Castrovillari; vicar general of Cassano all'Jonio; and diocesan administrator of the same diocese. He is currently vicar general of Cassano dell'Jonio. He was named prelate of honour by his Holiness in 2008.
On Saturday, 3 May, the Holy Father:
- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Detroit of the Chaldeans, (Catholics 105,500, priests 22, permanent deacons 150, religious 1), U.S.A., presented by Bishop Ibrahim Namo Ibrahim. He is succeeded by Fr. Frank Kalabat, who was born in Kuwait in 1970 and ordained a priest in 1995. The bishop-elect has served as deputy priest in of the “Mother of God in Southfield” church in Michigan, and is currently priest of the parish of “St. Thomas” in Detroit and director of the Eparchial Centre for Vocations.
- accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans (Catholics 18,668, priests 7, permanent deacons 40) presented by Bishop Hanna Zora, and appointed Fr. Daoud Baffro as apostolic administrator “sede vacante ed at nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the same eparchy.
- appointed Archbishop Martin Krebs, apostolic nuncio in New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Vanuatu, and apostolic delegate in the Pacific Ocean, as apostolic nuncio in the Marshall Islands.