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Saturday, May 9, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 9 MAY 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Appointed Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, as pontifical legate to solemn celebrations marking the millennium of Lithuania. The celebrations are due to take place in the Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius on 6 July.

- Appointed as members of the Congregation for the Evangelisations of Peoples: Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana; Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy; Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, archbishop of Montreal, Canada; Archbishop Erwin Joseph Ender, apostolic nuncio; Archbishop Felix del Blanco Prieto, apostolic nuncio; Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops; Msgr. Oscar Zoungrana, national director of the Pontifical Missionary Works, Burkina Faso, and Fr. Adolfo Nicolas S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

- Appointed as members of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organisational and Economic Problems of the Holy See: Cardinal Agostino Vallini, His Holiness' vicar general for the diocese of Rome; Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela, and Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, archbishop of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Cochin, India, presented by Bishop John Thattumkal S.S.C., in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

- Appointed Fr. Paul Kariuki of the clergy of the diocese of Embu, Kenya, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Major Seminary of Christ the King in the diocese of Nyeri, Kenya, as bishop of Embu (area 2,741, population 628,403, Catholics 316,481, priests 59, religious 82). The bishop-elect was born in Kathunguri, Kenya in 1963 and ordained a priest in 1993.
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