Vatican City, 12 January 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed:
- Fr. Fernand J. Cheri, O.F.M., as auxiliary of the archdiocese of New Orleans (area 10,898, population 1,238,228, Catholics 520,056, priests 352, permanent deacons 211, religious 664), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in New Orleans in 1952, was ordained a priest in 1978 and gave his solemn vows in 1996. He holds a master's degree in theology from Xavier University, New Orleans, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including administrator of the “St. Joseph the Worker” parish; parish priest of the “St. Francis de Sales” parish, New Orleans; administrator of the “St. Theresa of the Child Jesus” parish, New Orleans; chaplain and teacher at the “Hales Franciscan High School”, Chicago; parish priest of the “St. Vincent de Paul” parish, Nashville; teacher at the Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville; director of the O.F.M. Office of Friar Life, vocation minister of the O.F.M. Vocation Office and deputy director of the university chaplaincy of Xavier University, New Orleans. He is currently director of campus ministry at Quincy University, Quincy.
- Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, nunciature counsellor at the Holy See Permanent Mission at the United Nations, New York, as Holy See Permanent Representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), and as Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and at the United Nations in Vienna.
On Saturday, 10 January, the Holy Father appointed:
- Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, military ordinary for Chile, as bishop of Osorno (area 9,236, population 241,000, Catholics 125,000, priests 204, permanent deacons 23, religious 97), Chile.
- Msgr. Nicolo Anselmi as auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Genoa (area 966, population 812,246, Catholics 690,409, priests 553, permanent deacons 31, religious 1,402), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Genoa, Italy in 1961 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He holds a bachelor's degree in theology from the theological faculty of Genoa and has served in a number of pastoral and administrative roles, including parish vicar of the “Santi Pietro e Bernardo alla Foce” parish in Genoa, head of the youth pastoral service for the archdiocese of Genoa, regional head of youth pastoral care for the Liguria Episcopal Conference, administrator of the parish of “San Giovanni Bosco della Rimessa”, lecturer at the major seminary of Genoa and head of the national youth pastoral service. He is currently episcopal vicar for university, youth and sport pastoral ministry; director of the office for youth pastoral ministry; provost of the parish-basilica of Santa Maria delle Vigne; member of the presbyteral council and member of the college of consultors. In 2012 he was named Chaplain of His Holiness.
- Bishop Guglielmo Borghetti of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello, Italy, as coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Albenga-Imperia (area 979, population 170,010, Catholics 157,000, priests 181, permanent deacons 22, religious 388), Italy.
- Archbishop Eugene Martin Nugent as apostolic nuncio in Haiti. Archbishop Nugent was formerly apostolic nuncio in Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles, and apostolic delegate in the Cormoros Islands, with the function of apostolic delegate in La Reunion, France.