Vatican City, 11 December 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:
- accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of San Bernardino, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Rutilio Juan Del Riego Janez upon reaching the age limit.
- appointed Msgr. Rolf Steinhauser as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Cologne, (area 6,181, population 5,400,000, Catholics 2,056,173, priests 1,095, permanent deacons 310, religious 1,841), Germany. The bishop-elect was born in Cologne, Germany in 1952 and was ordained a priest in 1977. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including head of youth pastoral ministry in Bonn, director of the office for youth pastoral ministry of the archdiocesan curia of Cologne, parish priest and dean of the city of Dusseldorf. He is currently resident canon of the Metropolitan chapter of Cologne and director of the Edith Stein House for Spiritual Exercises.
- given his assent to the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church to erect the eparchy of Kamyanets-Podilskyi of the Ukrainians at Khmelnitskyi with territory taken from the archieparchy of Ternopil-Zboriv, making it a suffragan of the same metropolitan Church.