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Friday, January 5, 2007


VATICAN CITY, JAN 5, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Fr. Rodrigo Mejia Saldarriaga S.J., director of the Galilee Center in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, as apostolic vicar of Soddo-Hosanna (area 65,000, population 7,000,000, Catholics 250,000, priests 56, religious 74), Ethiopia. The bishop-elect was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1938 and ordained a priest in 1969 . He succeeds Bishop Domenico Crescentino Marinozzi O.F.M. Cap., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same apostolic vicariate, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Fr. Leopldo C. Jaucian S.V.D., superior general of the Verbite central province in Manila, Philippines, as bishop of Bangued (area 3,975, population 236,545, Catholics 198,497, priests 38, religious 38), Philippines. The bishop-elect was born in Santa, Philippines in 1960 and ordained a priest in 1988.

 - Appointed Bishop Isabelo Caiban Abarquez, auxiliary of Palo, Philippines, as bishop of Calbayog, Philippines (area 5,069, population 689,087, Catholics 654,632, priests 61, religious 81), Philippines.

 - Appointed Fr. Emmanuel Felemou of the clergy of N'Zerekore, Guniea, rector of the seminary of "Saint Eugene de Samoe" and episcopal vicar for the formation of the diocesan clergy, as bishop of Kankan (area 118,000, population 1,811,000, Catholics 56,255, priests 29, religious 24), Guinea. The bishop-elect was born in Kolouma, Guinea in 1960 and ordained a priest in 1989.
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VATICAN CITY, JAN 5, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

 - Archbishop Angelo Amato S.D.B., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

 - Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy.

 - Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, major penitentiary emeritus.

 - Fr. Mauro Johri, minister general of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.
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