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Thursday, March 1, 2007


VATICAN CITY, MAR 1, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Fr. Paulin Kouabenan N'Gname, vicar general of the diocese of Bondoukou, Ivory Coast, as Bishop of San-Pedro-en-Cote-d'Ivoire (area 27,382, population 2,000,000, Catholics 80,000, priests 41, religious 25), Ivory Coast. The bishop-elect was born in Merekou, Ivory Coast, in 1962 and ordained a priest in 1989.

 - Appointed as consultors of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples: Fr. Giacomo Incitti of the clergy of the diocese of Frosinone-Veroli-Ferentino, Italy, associate professor of canon law at the Pontifical Urban University; Fr. Luigi Sabbarese C.S., vice rector of the Pontifical Urban University and dean of the faculty of canon law; and Fr. Andrea D'Auria of the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo, adjunct professor at the faculty of canon law of the Pontifical Urban University.
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VATICAN CITY, MAR 1, 2007 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for March is: "That the Word of God may be ever more listened to, contemplated, loved and lived."

  His mission intention is: "That the training of catechists, organizers and lay people committed in the service of the Gospel may be the constant concern of those responsible for the young Churches."
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VATICAN CITY, MAR 1, 2007 (VIS) - In the Paul VI Hall on the afternoon of Saturday, March 10, the Holy Father will preside at a Marian prayer vigil marking the fifth European Day for Universities. The theme of the vigil is: "Intellectual charity, the way to renewed cooperation between Europe and Asia."

  The event will begin at 3.30 p.m. with the entrance of the university students' cross accompanied by delegations from Asia. Then, following a period of reflection and prayer, there will be satellite linkups with university students in various European and Asian cities.

  With the arrival of the Pope, scheduled for 5 p.m., the recitation of the Rosary will begin, with the contemplation of the Glorious Mysteries. In further linkups local ordinaries - cardinals and bishops - will recite brief introductory prayers to each of the Mysteries: Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop of Bologna, Italy; Archbishop Lukas Sirkar S.D.B., of Calcutta, India; Bishop Albino Mamede Cleto of Coimbra, Portugal; Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, Poland; Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun S.D.B., bishop of Hong Kong, China; Bishop Terence John Brain of Salford, England; Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales, archbishop of Manila, Philippines; Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, archbishop of Prague, Czech Republic; Archbishop Rrok K. Mirdita of Tirana, Albania; Cardinal Severino Poletto, archbishop of Turin, Italy; and Bishop Anthony T. Lobo of Islamabad, Pakistan.

  Following the Rosary, Benedict XVI will address some words to the participants, before distributing copies of the Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Asia" to a group of representatives from ecclesial movements and associations, and imparting his apostolic blessing. The Day will conclude with the pilgrimage of the cross from the Paul VI Hall to LUMSA University (Libera Universita Maria Santissima Assunta) near St. Peter's.
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