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Wednesday, December 3, 2008


VATICAN CITY, 3 DEC 2008 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Fr. Francis Kalist of the clergy of Meerut, India, rector of the major seminary of Agra, India, as bishop of Meerut (area 28,696, population 29,019,350, Catholics 28,696, priests 115, religious 634). The bishop-elect was born in Ratapuram, India in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1982. He succeeds Bishop Patrick Nair, 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 Teotihuacan, (area 1,061, population 866,282, Catholics 779,000, priests 53, religious 72) Mexico, with territory taken from the diocese of Texcoco, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Tlalnepantla. He appointed Fr. Francisco Escobar Galicia of the clergy of Texcoco, pastor of the parish of "San Martin de las Piramides", as first bishop of the new diocese. The bishop-elect was born in Otumba, Mexico in 1955 and ordained a priest in 1983.
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