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Friday, June 12, 2015


Vatican City, 12 June 2015 – Today the Holy Father has:

- appointed Bishop Thomas Ignatius Macwan as archbishop of Gandhinagar (area 29,942, population 11,123,000, Catholics 15,683, priests 28, religious 112), India. Archbishop Macwan, previously Bishop of Ahmedabad, India, succeeds Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes, S.J., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

- appointed Msgr. Victor C. Ocampo as bishop of Gumaca (area 3,666, population 1,027,000, Catholics 912,000, priests 64, religious 65), Filippines. Bishop-elect Ocampo was born in Angeles City, Pampanga in the Diocese of Balanga, Filippines in 1952. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Balanga in 1977. Since ordination he has served in various pastoral and diocesan roles, most recently as chancellor of the Diocese of Balanga (since 2008); pastor of St. Dominic de Guzman Parish in Abuvay, Balanga (since 1986); director of the Biblical Apostolate (since 1986); director of the Commission on the Family and Life (since 2008); and member of the College of Consultors (since 2013).

- named Sr. Marcella Farina, F.M.A, as a consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Sr. Farina is a professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology at the “Auxilium” Pontifical Faculty of Education Science, Rome, Italy.

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