Vatican City, 9 February 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Dili, East Timor, presented by Bishop Alberto Ricardo Da Silva, in accordance with canon 401, para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
On Sunday, 8 February, the Holy Father appointed Rev. Fr. Atanasio Amisse Canira as bishop of Lichinga (area 129,638, population 1,414,156, Catholics 236,000, priests 39, religious 72), Mozambique. The bishop-elect was born in Mossoril, Mozambique in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He holds a diploma in theology and has served in pastoral roles as parish priest, spiritual director of the seminary, episcopal vicar and vicar general of the diocese of Nacala, Mozambique. He is currently national director of Pontifical Missionary Works and succeeds Bishop Elio Greselin, S.C.I., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted.
On Saturday, 7 February, the Holy Father appointed:
- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, archbishop emeritus of Westminster, as his special envoy to the celebrations in honour of St. John Ogilvie, S.J., on the fourth centenary of his martyrdom, to be held in Glasgow on 9 and 10 March 2015.
- Msgr. Franc Sustar as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Ljubljana (area 6,134, population 776,336, Catholics 554,417, priests 420, permanent deacons 21, religious 546), Slovenia. The bishop-elect was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1959 and was ordained a priest in 1985. He holds a doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including pastoral vicar of the parish of Ljubljana-Moste; rector of the major seminary of Ljubljana; parish priest and dean for two mandates in the parish of Gosuplje; and parish priest of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. He is currently rector of the major seminary of Ljubljana.
- Bishop Luigi Marrucci of Civitavecchia-Tarquinia as member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
- Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Graf as Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, with the rank of Colonel.