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Tuesday, December 5, 2006


VATICAN CITY, DEC 5, 2006 (VIS) - The following prelates died in recent weeks:

- Bishop Joseph D'Silva of Bellary, India, on November 17, at the age of 74.

- Bishop Paul Vincent Dudley, emeritus of Sioux Falls, U.S.A., on November 20, at the age of 79.

- Archbishop-bishop Michel Hakim B.S., emeritus of Saint-Sauveur de Montreal of the Greek-Melkites, Canada, on November 22, at the age of 85.

- Archbishop Jean Mansour, auxiliary emeritus of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites, Syria, on November 17, at the age of 78.

- Archbishop Santiago Martinez Acebes, emeritus of Burgos, Spain, on November 25, at the age of 80.

- Bishop Manuel D. Moreno, emeritus of Tucson, U.S.A., on November 17, at the age of 75.

- Bishop Augusto Jose Zini Filho of Limeira, Brazil, on November 15, at the age of 73.
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VATICAN CITY, DEC 5, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

 - Fr. Alberto Serrano I.E.M.E., diocesan administrator and former vicar general of the diocese of Hwange, Zimbabwe, as bishop of the same diocese (area 43,427, population 345,265, Catholics 41,118, priests 34, religious 58). The bishop-elect was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1942 and ordained a priest in 1966.

 - Bishop Sergio Alfredo Fenoy, auxiliary of Rosario, Argentina, as bishop of San Miguel (area 206, population 845,000, Catholics 810,000, priests 95, permanent deacons 7, religious 335), Argentina.

 - Msgr. Hugo Santiago, episcopal vicar of Rafaela, Argentina, and pastor of San Guillermo, as bishop of Santo Tome (area 29,011, population 152,700, Catholics 137,800, priests 18, religious 32), Argentina. The bishop-elect was born in Maria Juana, Argentina in 1954 and ordained a priest in 1985.

 - As consultors of the Extraordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See: Carlo Gilardi, Italy; Peter D. Sutherland, Ireland; and Robert J, McCann, U.S.A.
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VATICAN CITY, DEC 5, 2006 (VIS) - Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. sent a message to Luciano Corradini, national president of the Italian Catholic Union of Middle School Teachers (UCIIM), and to participants in that association's 22nd national congress. The congress was held in Rome recently on the theme: "Education in schools. New scenarios, new responsibilities."

  In his message, the cardinal gives assurances of Benedict XVI's appreciation for the activities of the UCIIM which, he recalls, was founded by Gesualdo Nosengo in 1944 and "works actively in schools, promoting initiatives for the cultural and didactic aggiornamento of teachers, showing particular concern for their religious and spiritual growth, and supporting all initiatives that effectively seek to promote the education of youth. [The Pope] encourages you to continue along this path, facing the challenges of the modern age with farsighted courage."

  Cardinal Bertone continues: "The formation of new generations, as never before in history, calls for much shared reflection, and for the preparation of educational and pastoral strategies aimed at meeting the expectations of the world of youth in the third millennium. It is necessary to transmit to young people an appreciation of the positive value of life, arousing in them the desire to spend their own lives in the service of Good. And this requires a responsible contribution on everyone's part: teachers, parents, pastors and all people who truly have the future of humanity at heart."
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