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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 18 FEB 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop Jose Nigri P.I.M.E., auxiliary of Florianopolis, Brazil, as bishop of Blumenau (area 3,740, population 580,400, Catholics 407,000, priests 59, permanent deacons 31, religious 93), Brazil. He succeeds Bishop Angelico Sandalo Bernardino, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Berlin, Germany presented by Bishop Wolfgang Weider, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 para. 1 of the Code of Canon Law.

 - Appointed Fr. Matthias Heinrich of the clergy of the archdiocese of Berlin, Germany, canon of the metropolitan chapter and episcopal vicar for the personnel department in the pastoral office of the archiepiscopal curia, as auxiliary of the same archdiocese (area 31,200, population 5,794,507, Catholics 392,701, priests 385, permanent deacons 27, religious 791). The bishop-elect was born in Berlin in 1954 and ordained a priest in 1981.

 - Confirmed the election of Fr. Anselm van der Linde O. Cist., secretary of the Cistercian Congregation of Mehrerau and professor of religion at the "Collegium Sancti Bernardi", as abbot ordinary of the territorial abbey of Wettingen-Mehrerau, Austria.
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