Vatican City, 20 January 2016 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:
- appointed Bishop Canisio Klaus of Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil, as bishop of Sinop (area 191,000, population 650,000, Catholics 534,000, priests 52, permanent deacons 2, religious 69), Brazil. He succeeds Bishop Gentil Delazari, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
- erected the Maronite apostolic exarchate of Bogota, Colombia.
- appointed Fr. Fadi Abou Chebel, O.M.M., as the first apostolic exarch of the new exarchate of Bogota, Colombia. The bishop-elect was born in Deir al Qamar, Lebanon in 1969, took his solemn vows in 1994 and was ordained a priest in 1995. He holds a licentiate in pastoral theology and has served in a number of pastoral and administrative roles, including deputy priest, spiritual assistant for young seminarians, general director of the Notre Dame college of Louaize, university chaplain and general director of university pastoral ministry in Lebanon.