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Friday, January 2, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 2 JAN 2009 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Archbishop Raymond O. Roussin, S.M., of the metropolitan archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada, in conformity with canon 401§ 2 of the Code of Canon Law. He is succeeded by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., formerly coadjutor archbishop of the same archdiocese.

 Last 31 December, it was made public that the Holy Father appointed:

- Fr. Jan de Groef, M. Afr., member of staff formation for the White Fathers in the archdiocese of Durban, South Africa, as Bishop of Bethlehem (area 34,965, population 956,000, Catholics 74,009, priests 26, permanent deacons 5, religious 79), South Africa. The bishop-elect was born in Beigem, Belgium in 1948 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. He succeeds Bishop Hubert Bucher, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

- Fr. Stanislaw Jan Dziuba, O.S.P.P.E., as Bishop of Umzimkulu (area 15,275, population 2,036,000, Catholics 151,600, priests 16, religious 28), South Africa. The bishop-elect, formerly vicar general of the same diocese, was born in Radomsko, Poland 1960 and ordained to the priesthood in 1986.
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