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Monday, July 5, 2004


VATICAN CITY, JUL 5, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Erected the diocese of Uijongbu (area 2,626, population 2,311,858, Catholics 161,872, priests 67, religious 60), Korea, with territory taken from the archdiocese of Seoul, making it a suffragan of the same metropolitan see.

- Appointed Bishop Joseph Lee Han-Taek, S.J., auxiliary of Seoul, Korea, as bishop of Uijongbu (area 2,626, population 2,311,858, Catholics 161,872, priests 67, religious 60), Korea.

- Appointed Bishop Peter Liu Cheng-Chung of Kyayi, Taiwan, as coadjutor of the diocese of Kaohsiung (area 5,723, population 3,649,083, Catholics 47,106, priests 83, religious 82), Taiwan.

- Appointed Archbishop Hector Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte of Trujillo, Peru and Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon, Mexico as members of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

  On Saturday July 3, it was made public that the Holy Father:

- Appointed Fr. Gabino Miranda Melgarejo of the clergy of the diocese of Abancay, Peru and pastor of St. James the Apostle Parish in Talavera, Peru as auxiliary bishop of Ayacucho (area 26,777, population 498,710, Catholics 324,162, priests 46, religious 131), Peru. The bishop-elect was born in Piscaya, Peru in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1987.

- Erected the ecclesiastical province of Villavicencio, Colombia, and elevated the diocese of Villavicencio to metropolitan church, assigning as the dioceses of San Jose del Guaviare and Granada, Colombia as suffragans.

- Appointed Bishop Jose Octavio Ruiz Arena of Villavicencio, Colombia, as metropolitan archbishop of Villavicencio (area 50,000, population 480,000, Catholics 465,000, priests 141, permanent deacons 13, religious 55), Colombia.

- Appointed Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, C.SS.R, archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, as his special envoy to the celebration of the 10th Argentine Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Corrientes, Argentina on September 2-5.

- Appointed Cardinal Jozef Tomko, president of the Pontifical Committee for the Eucharistic Congresses, as pontifical legate to the celebrations of the 48th International Eucharistic Congress which will take place October 10-17 in  Guadalajara, Mexico.
- Appointed Msgr. Thomas Mitchell Rozanski, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Severna Park, U.S.A., as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Baltimore (area 12,430, population 2,972,083, Catholics 500,179, priests 497, permanent deacons 171, religious 1,446), U.S.A.
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