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Thursday, October 20, 2005


VATICAN CITY, OCT 20, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father gave his assent to the election canonically carried out by the Synod of the Greek-Melkite Church, meeting in Ain Traz, Lebanon, from June 20 to 27, 2005, of Fr. Georges Bakouny as archbishop of Tyre of the Greek-Melkites (Catholics 7,000, priests 11 religious 11), Lebanon. The bishop-elect was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1962 and ordained a priest in 1995.
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VATICAN CITY, OCT 20, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

 - Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon.

 - Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, C.SS.R., major archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabars, India.

 - Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo S.D.B., archbishop emeritus of Managua, Nicaragua.

 - Cardinal Janis Pujats, metropolitan archbishop of Riga, Latvia.

 - Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi S.J., bishop of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

 - Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., metropolitan archbishop of Quebec, Canada.

 - Archbishop Joseph Powathil of Changanacherry of the Syro-Malabars, India.
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VATICAN CITY, OCT 20, 2005 (VIS) - No General Congregation will be held today, but Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, together with the special secretary and the relators of the Working Groups, or linguistic groups, will study the collective amendments to the propositions.

  At 6 p.m. in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, a concert in honor of His Holiness Benedict XVI will be given by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by the Regensburger Domspatzen choir and the Athestis Chorus. The program includes various pieces, among them: Sanctus from Missa for Holy Year by the Pope's brother Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, Mozart's Ave Verum, and Verdi's Te Deum. At the end of the concert, the Pope is scheduled to address some words to those present.
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