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Wednesday, March 24, 2004


VATICAN CITY, MAR 24, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Accepted the resignation from the office of Auxiliary of the archdiocese of Fortaleza, Brazil, presented by Bishop Adalberto Paulo da Silva, O.F.M.Cap., upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Bishop Helio Adelar Rubert, auxiliary of Vitoria, Brazil, as bishop of Santa Maria (area 21,316, population 486,000, Catholics 383,600, priests 107, permanent deacons 18, religious 636), Brazil.  He succeeds Bishop Jose Ivo Lorscheiter whose resignation the Pope
 accepted upon having reached the age limit.
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