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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Vatican City, 3 June 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Pontianak (area 39,840, population 726,000, Catholics 570,368, priests 90, religious 526), Indonesia, presented by Archbishop Hieronymus Herculanus Bumbun, O.F.M. Cap., upon reaching the age limit, and appointed Bishop Augustinius Agus of Sintang, Indonesa as metropolitan archbishop of the same archdiocese.

- appointed Fr. Antonius Subianto Bunyamin, O.S.C., as bishop of Bandung (area 23,447, population 29,000,000, Catholics 90,000, priests 100, religious 145), Indonesia. The bishop-elect was born in Bandung, Indonesia in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1996. He holds a licentiate in philosophy from the Catholic University of Lovanio, Belgium, and a degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome. He has served in the following pastoral and academic roles: lecturer in philosophy at the Catholic University of Bandung; vice provincial O.S.C. of Bandung; executive director of the Holy Cross Foundation for Catholic school in Bandung; president of the managing board of the Parahyangan Foundation; secretary of the Marga Asah Talenta foundation, and president of the legal institute of Parahyangan University. He is currently provincial prior O.S.C. of Bandung.

- appointed Msgr. Nazzareno Marconi as bishop of the diocese of Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia (area 745, population 146,783, Catholics 140,283, priests 76, religious 52), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Citta di Castello, Italy in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 1983. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, and in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; a licentiate in sacred scriptures from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, and a doctorate in biblical theology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome. He has held several pastoral roles, including deputy priest at San Giustino, priest of the parish of St. Michael Archangel in Citerna, director of the diocesan catechistic office and religious and biblical advisor for cinematographic and multimedia productions of the RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana). He is currently priest of the “San Donato” parish in Trestina and lecturer in Old Testament exegesis at the theological institute of Assisi.

- appointed Fr. Daniel Patrick Y. Parcon as bishop of Talibon (area 2,243, population 737,938, Catholics 677,309, priests 76, religious 52), Philippines. The bishop-elect was born in Vallehermoso, Philippines in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1994. He holds Masters degrees from the St. Rita College, San Carlos City, Philippines, and the Fordham University, New York City, U.S.A. He has held a number of pastoral roles, including: spiritual director and dean of studies at the St. John Mary philosophy seminary in San Carlos City, parish administrator of the Ascension Church, Hurricane, West Virginia, U.S.A., parish administrator of the Immaculate Conception Church, Liberty, Texas, U.S.A., and parish vicar at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Valley Stream, New York. He is currently rector of the St. John Mary philosophy seminary of San Carlos City and head of the Marriage and Family Life Apostolate in the diocese of San Carlos. He succeeds Bishop Christian Vicente F. Noel, whose resignation upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.

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