Vatican City, 9 July 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:
- appointed Bishop Giovanni Crippa, I.M.C., auxiliary of Sao Salvador da Bahia, as bishop of Estancia (area 6,736, population 470,000, Catholics 452,000, priests 53, religious 64), Brazil.
- appointed Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, S.F.X., as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Ranchi (area 5,299, population 3,156,000, Catholics 140,503, priests 255, religious 1,266), India. The bishop-elect was born in Camurlim, India in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1988. He holds a Master of Arts in political science from the Nagpur University, and a licentiate and doctorate in sacred scripture form the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He has held a number of pastoral roles in Punjab, North India, and has served as coordinator of the works of the “Società del Pilar”, Rome, superior delegate for the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier in Europe, and official of the Pontifical Council for Culture. He is currently procurator general of the Society, member of the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses and lecturer in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Gregorian University and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.