Vatican City, 12 February 2016 (VIS) - The Holy Father has appointed:
- Rev. Fr. Antonio Giuseppe Caiazzo as archbishop of Matera - Irsina (area 2,095, population 142,748, Catholics 140,000, priests 92, religious 90), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Italy in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1981. He holds a doctorate in liturgy from the St. Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome, and has served as lecturer and member of the liturgical commission of the Italian Episcopal Conference, director of the diocesan centre of liturgy, rector of a minor seminary and member of the presbyterium in the diocese of Crotone, Italy. He is currently episcopal vicar for the clergy and consecrated life and parish priest.
- Msgr. Tomas Holub as bishop of Plzen (area 9,236, population 853,700, Catholics 119,100, priests 92, permanent deacons 6, religious 67), Czech Republic. The bishop-elect was born in Jaromer, Czech Republic in 1967 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He holds a degree in moral theology from the Charles University of Prague, and has served as military almoner and diocesan vicar general. He is currently general secretary of the Czech Episcopal Conference and parish priest. He succeeds Bishop Frantisek Radkovsky, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.