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Tuesday, May 17, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 17 MAY 2011 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father:

- accepted the resignation of Bishop Joaquim Goncalves from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Vila Real, upon having reached the age limit. Bishop Amandio Jose Tomas,  previously coadjutor of the same diocese, succeeds him.

- appointed Bishop Robert Daniel Conlon, of Steubenville, as bishop of Joliet in Illinois (area 10,920, population 1,904,000, Catholics 655,415, priests 283, permanent deacons 209, religious 669), USA.
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