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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 15 DEC 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello S.D.B. of Concepcion, Chile, as metropolitan archbishop of Santiago de Chile (area 9,132, population 5,791,000, Catholics 4,019,000, priests 854, permanent deacons 295, religious 3,100), Chile. He succeeds Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Bishop Josafa Menezes da Silva, auxiliary of Sao Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, as bishop of Barreiras (area 72,675, population 345,000, Catholics 292,000, priests 15, permanent deacons 10, religious 33), Brazil.

 - Erected the new diocese of Camacari (area 2,382, population 708,122, Catholics 481,523, priests 20, religious 55) Brazil, with territory taken from the archdiocese of Sao Salvador da Bahia, making it a suffragan of the same metropolitan church. He appointed Bishop Joao Carlos Petrini, auxiliary of Sao Salvador da Bahia as first bishop of the new diocese.

 - Appointed Fr. John B. Brungardt of the clergy of the diocese of Wichita, U.S.A., chancellor and pastor of St. Mark parish, as bishop of Dodge City (area 59,547, population 229,000, Catholics 62,300, priests 44, permanent deacons 9, religious 81), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Salina, U.S.A. in 1958 and ordained a priest in 1998. He succeeds Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

 - Appointed Msgr. Carlo Ciattini of the clergy of San Miniato, Italy, rector of the seminary and judicial vicar, as bishop of Massa Marittima - Piombino (area 1,200, population 126,931, Catholics 125,000, priests 60, permanent deacons 4, religious 82), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Cerreto Guidi, Italy in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1989.

 - Appointed Fr. Juan Espinosa Jimenez of the clergy of the archdiocese of Morelia, Mexico, professor at the major seminary, as auxiliary of the same archdiocese (area 18,000, population 2,675,000, Catholics 2,542,000, priests 550, permanent deacons 1, religious 1,422). The bishop-elect was born in Piedad, Mexico in 1965 and ordained a priest in 1993.
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