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Wednesday, February 2, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 2 FEB 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop Jean Legrez O.P. of Saint-Claude, France, as archbishop of Albi (area 5,780, population 363,000, Catholics 290,000, priests 175, permanent deacons 12, religious 519), France. The archbishop-elect was born in Paris, France in 1948, he was ordained a priest in 1976 and consecrated a bishop in 2003.

 - Appointed Bishop Raul Cecilio Berzosa Martinez, auxiliary of Oviedo, Spain, as bishop of Ciudad Rodrigo (area 4,264, population 45,016, Catholics 44,028, priests 75, religious 126), Spain.

 - Appointed Bishop Francisco Antonio Nieto Sua, auxiliary of Bogota, Colombia, as bishop of San Jose del Guaviare (area 42,327, population 120,000, Catholics 112,000, priests 16, permanent deacons 2, religious 12), Colombia.

 - Appointed Bishop Atilano Rodriguez Martinez of Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain, as bishop of Siguenza-Guadalajara (area 12,190, population 237,787, Catholics 211,630, priests 259, religious 403), Spain. He succeeds Bishop Jose Sanchez Gonzalez, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Bishop Fidel Leon Cadavid Marin of Quibdo, Colombia, as bishop of Sonson - Rionegro (area 7,300, population 601,000, Catholics 595,000, priests 279, religious 801), Colombia.

 - Appointed Fr. Miguel Olaortua Laspra O.S.A., director of the "San Augustin" College in Zaragoza, Spain and provincial counsellor, as apostolic vicar of Iquitos (area 100,041, population 1,064,090, Catholics 895,830, priests 38, religious 71), Peru. The bishop-elect was born in Bilbao, Spain in 1962 and ordained a priest in 1987. He succeeds Bishop Julian Garcia Centeno O.S.A., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same apostolic vicariate the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Fr. Rosalvo Cordeiro de Lima of the clergy of the diocese of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, pastor of the parish of "Sao Jose" in Salesopolis, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Fortaleza (area 14,813, population 3,585,000, Catholics 2,536,000, priests 328, permanent deacons 19, religious 1,174), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Uniao dos Palmares, Brazil in 1962 and ordained a priest in 1992.

 - Appointed Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra as apostolic nuncio to Pakistan.
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