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Friday, July 16, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 16 JUL 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Appointed Fr. Jose Chittooparambil, C.M.I., as Bishop of the eparchy of Rajkot of the Syro-Malabars (area 109,950, population 15,805,000, Catholics 13,500, priests 149, religious 606), in India. The bishop-elect was born in 1954 in Neeleswaram, India, was ordained to the priesthood in 1985, and is currently Prior General of St. Xavier's Province in Rajkot. He succeeds Bishop Gregory Karotemprel, C.M.I., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese the Holy Father accepted on having reached the age limit.

- Accepted the resignation as Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Pyay, Myanmar, presented by Bishop Gregory Taik Maung, titular bishop of Bocconia, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

- Appointed Fr. Camillus Raymond Umoh as Bishop of the diocese of Ikot Ekpene (area 2,263, population 986,032, Catholics 109,812, priests 93, religious 119), Nigeria. The bishop-elect was born in 1956 in Nto Iblam, Nigeria, was ordained to the priesthood in 1984, and is currently a professor at the Catholic Institute of West Africa in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

- Appointed Fr. Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il, O.F.M., as Military Ordinary for Korea (Catholics 100,862, priests 96, religious 47). The bishop-elect was born in 1945 in Nonsan, South Korea, took his perpetual vows in 1979, was ordained to the priesthood in 1980, and is currently vicar in the Franciscan house of formation in Seoul, South Korea.
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