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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 14 JAN 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Archbishop Peter Stephan Zurbriggen, apostolic nuncio to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, as apostolic nuncio to Austria. He succeeds Archbishop Edmond Farhat, whose resignation from the same office the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Msgr. Philippe Ballot, vicar general of Besancon, France, as archbishop of Chambery and bishop of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne e Tarentaise (area 7,460, population 362,000, Catholics 319,000, priests 168, permanent deacons 20, religious 380), France. The archbishop-elect was born in Corbenay, France in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1985.

 - Appointed Fr. Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the clergy of the archieparchy of Lviv of the Ukrainians, Ukraine, rector of the archieparchal major seminary, as auxiliary of the eparchy of Santa Maria del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires of the Ukrainians (Catholics 160,000, priests 17, permanent deacons 1, religious 93), Argentina. The bishop-elect was born in Stryj, Ukraine in 1970 and ordained a priest in 1994.

 - Appointed Msgr. Liro Vendelino Meurer of the clergy of the archdiocese of Porto Alegre, Brazil, pastor of the parish of "Sao Geraldo", as auxiliary of Passo Fundo (area 12,200, population 508,000, Catholics 382,000, priests 126, religious 463), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Salvador do Sul, Brazil in 1954 and ordained a priest in 1981.
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