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Thursday, July 2, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 2 JUL 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father yesterday received in audience Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne, Germany.
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VATICAN CITY, 2 JUL 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Msgr. Raffaello Martinelli of the clergy of the diocese of Bergamo, Italy, bureau chief at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as bishop of Frascati (area 183, population 121,000, Catholics 116,000, priests 162, permanent deacons 1, religious 703), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Villa d'Alme, Italy in 1948 and ordained a priest in 1972. He succeeds Bishop Giuseppe Matarrese, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
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VATICAN CITY, 2 JUL 2009 (VIS) - The following prelates died recently:

 - Bishop Emmanuel Constant, emeritus of Les Gonaives, Haiti, on 16 June at the age of 81.

 - Bishop Olivio Aurelio Fazza S.V.D., emeritus of Foz de Iguacu, Brazil, on 25 December 2008 at the age of 83.

 - Bishop Jose Nicomedes Grossi, emeritus of Bom Jesus de Lapa, Brazil, on 21 June at the age of 93.

 - Bishop Josep Maria Guix Ferreres, emeritus of Vic, Spain, on 28 June at the age of 81.

 - Bishop Michel Nguyen Khac Ngu, emeritus of Long Xuyen, Vietnam, on 10 June at the age of 100.
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