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Friday, July 9, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 9 JUL 2010 (VIS) - On the afternoon of Monday 28 June at the apostolic nunciature in Berlin, Germany, Archbishop Jean-Claude Perisset, apostolic nuncio to Germany, and Christian Wulff, then minister-president of Lower Saxony now president of Germany, exchanged the instruments of ratification of an Agreement signed on 6 April this year.

  According to a communique published today the new Agreement modifies article 6 of the addendum to the 1965 Accord between the Holy See and Lower Saxony, and regulates the juridical position of certain Catholic schools administered by the dioceses of Hildesheim, Osnabruck, and Munster in that Land.

  A number of deputies from the Diet of Lower Saxony were present at the ceremony, along with a delegation of teachers and pupils from the schools involved in the agreement. Also present, apart from the staff of the nunciature, was Msgr. Felix Bernard, head of the Catholic office for Lower Saxony.
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VATICAN CITY, 9 JUL 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Msgr. Agidius Zsifkovics, secretary general of the Austrian Bishops' Conference and head of the section for Croat speakers in the diocesan Curia of Eisenstadt, as bishop of Eisenstadt (area 3,966, population 283,400, Catholics 217,000, priests 162, permanent deacons 21, religious 137), Austria. The bishop-elect was born in Gussing, Austria in 1963 and ordained a priest in 1987. He succeeds Bishop Paul Iby, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Bishop Esteban Escudero Torres, auxiliary of Valencia, Spain, as bishop of Palencia (area 8,028, population 173,454, Catholics 166,930, priests 288, permanent deacons 1, religious 620), Spain.

 - Appointed Archbishop Velasio De Paolis C.S., president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, as pontifical delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ.
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