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Friday, November 6, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 6 NOV 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

 - Fr. Giuseppe Sandri M.C.C.J., provincial superior of the Combonian Missionaries in South Africa, as bishop of Witbank (area 56,886, population 2,614,000, Catholics 103,278, priests 38, permanent deacons 8), South Africa. The bishop-elect was born in Faedo, Italy in 1946 and ordained a priest in 1972.

 - Fr. Vincent Nguyen of the clergy of the archdiocese of Toronto, Canada, adjunct judicial vicar and vice chancellor, and Fr. William Terrence McGrattan of the clergy of the diocese of London, Canada, rector of the Saint Peter major seminary, as auxiliaries of the archdiocese of Toronto (area 13,000, population 5,556,000, Catholics 1,889,000, priests 835, permanent deacons 110, religious 1,176). Bishop-elect Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1966 and ordained a priest in 1988. Bishop-elect McGrattan was born in London, Canada in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1987.
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