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Monday, July 30, 2007


VATICAN CITY, JUL 28, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Accepted the resignation from the office of almoner of His Holiness, presented by Archbishop Oscar Rizzato, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Archbishop Felix del Blanco Prieto, apostolic nuncio to Malta and to Libya, as almoner of His Holiness.

 - Appointed Fr. Bernabe de Jesus Sagastume Lemus O.F.M. Cap., provincial vice-minister of the Capuchins for the Province of Central America, as bishop of Santa Rosa de Lima (area 2,955, population 401,000, Catholics 331,000, priests 26, religious 48), Guatemala. The bishop-elect was born in San Esteban, Guatemala in 1961, and ordained a priest in 1987.

 - Appointed Bishop Gonzalo de Villa y Vasquez S.J., auxiliary of the archdiocese of Guatemala, as bishop of Solola-Chimaltenango (area 3,040, population 857,016, Catholics 684,703, priests 52, religious 129), Guatemala.

 - Appointed Bishop Raul Antonio Martinez Paredes of Solola-Chimaltenango, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Guatemala (area 2,591, population 4,357,000, Catholics 3,486,000, priests 469, permanent deacons 3, religious 1,229), Guatemala.

 - Appointed Bishop Irynej Bilyk O.S.B.M. of the eparchy of Buchach of the Ukrainians, Ukraine, as canon of the papal basilica of St. Mary Major.

 - Appointed Fr. Demetrius Hryhorak O.S.B.M., pastor and superior of the monastery of St. Basil the Great at Lutsk, as apostolic administrator "sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of the eparchy of Buchach of the Ukrainians, Ukraine.
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