Vatican City, 20 January 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:
- appointed Msgr. Jorge Giovanny Pazmino Abril, O.P., as bishop of Ambato (area 3,844, population 538,800, Catholics 499,000, priests 98, permanent deacons 3, religious 216), Ecuador. The bishop-elect was born in Banos, Ecuador in 1965, and was ordained a priest in 1995. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. He has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles, including professor in pastoral theology and philosophy at the School of Religious Sciences of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, vocational promoter of the Dominican vicariate general of Ecuador, president of the Ecuadorian Conference of Religious, parish priest, professor in the major seminary of Guayaquil and general secretary of the Interprovincial Conference of Dominicans of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently vicar general of the vicariate general of “Santa Catalina de Siena” of Ecuador and head of contemplative life in the archdiocese of Quito.
- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Ispahan of the Latins, Iran, presented by Bishop Ignazio Bedini, S.D.B., in accordance with canon 401 para. 1 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.