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Monday, July 16, 2007


VATICAN CITY, JUL 16, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Msgr. Mariano Crociata of the clergy of the diocese of Mazara del Vallo, Italy, vicar general, and pastor of the mother church of Marsala, as bishop of Noto (area 1,355, population 213,000, Catholics 211,000, priests 123, permanent deacons 15, religious 249), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Castelvetrano, Italy in 1953 and ordained a priest in 1979. He succeeds Bishop Giuseppe Malandrino, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Erected the new diocese of Sandakan (area 43,657, population 1,000,000, Catholics 64,000, priests 8, religious 2) Malaysia, with territory taken from the diocese of Kota Kinabalu, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Kuching. He appointed Fr. Julius Dustin Gitom, priest of the diocese of Kota Kinabalu, as first bishop of the new diocese. The bishop-elect was born in Kampung Loltos, Malaysia in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1989.

 - Appointed Msgr. Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, in service in the Holy Father's personal secretariat, as coadjutor archbishop of Lviv of the Latins (area 68,000, population 4,500,000, Catholics 150,000, priests 138, permanent deacons 1, religious 213), Ukraine. The archbishop-elect was born in Majdan Lukawiecki, Poland in 1961 and was ordained a priest in 1987.

 - Appointed Bishop Marian Buczek, auxiliary of Lviv of the Latins, Ukraine, as coadjutor bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia of the Latins (area 196,300, population 19,561,190, Catholics 61,200, priests 40, religious 114), Ukraine.

 - Appointed Fr. Justin Saw Min Thide, bursar of the archdiocese of Yangon, Myanmar, as auxiliary of the same archdiocese (area 66,535, population 15,932,000, Catholics 84,259, priests 83, religious 312). The bishop-elect was born in Thaung, Myanmar in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1984.

  On Saturday, July 14, it was made public that the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Marcello Bartolucci, bureau chief at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, as under-secretary of the same congregation.
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