Vatican City, 16 November 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed:
- Msgr. Antonio Napolioni as bishop of Cremona (area 1,917, population 368,797, Catholics 331,250, priests 346, permanent deacons 14, religious 435), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Camerino, Italy in 1957 and was ordained a priest in 1983. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome. He has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles including vice-rector and rector of the regional seminary of the Marches, director of the regional centre for vocations, lecturer in pastoral theology and catechetics in the Istituto Marchigiano of Ancona, and the Pontifical Institute of Pastoral Ministry of the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome. He is currently pastor of the San Severino Vescovo parish. In 2005 he was named chaplain of His Holiness. He succeeds Bishop Dante Lanfranconi, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
- Msgr. Corrado Sanguinetti as bishop of Pavia (area 782, population 185,161, Catholics 173,000, priests 134, permanent deacons 5, religious 158), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Milan, Italy in 1964 and ordained a priest in 1988. He holds a licentiate in biblical sciences from the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome and a degree in theology from the Pontifical University of the Sacred Heart, Rome. He has served in a number of roles in the diocese of Chiavari, including parish priest, president of the diocesan board for youth pastoral ministry, member of the diocesan centre for vocations, and member of the diocesan pastoral council. He is currently pastor of the parishes of San Colombano and San Martino del Monte, provost of the Cathedral of Nostra Signora dell'Orto, pro-vicar general, and member of the diocesan prebyteral council, the college of consultors and the diocesan pastoral council. He is lecturer in sacred scripture at the theological faculty of Northern Italy in Genoa, and was named chaplain of His Holiness in 2011. He succeeds Bishop Giovanni Giudici, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
- Bishop Enrique Sanchez Martinez, auxiliary of Durango, Mexico, as bishop of Nuevo Laredo (area 19,378, population 1,051,000, Catholics 884,000, priests 71, permanent deacons 8, religious 113), Mexico.