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Friday, July 10, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 10 JUL 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Appointed Bishop Alfonso Cortes Contreras, auxiliary of Monterrey, Mexico, as bishop of Cuernavaca (area 4,941, population 2,167,000, Catholics 1,874,000, priests 176, permanent deacons 3, religious 482), Mexico. He succeeds Bishop Florencio Olvera Ochoa, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

- Appointed Bishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong, auxiliary of Kwangju, Korea, as coadjutor archbishop of the same archdiocese (area 12,596, population 3,370,781, Catholics 319,494, priests 255, religious 1,204). The archbishop-elect was born in Chonnam, Korea in 1947, he was ordained a priest in 1975 and consecrated a bishop in 2003.

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