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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 25 OCT 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam, Netherlands, presented by Bishop Johannes Gerardus Maria van Burgsteden S.S.S., upon having reached the age limit.

- Appointed Msgr. Johannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks of the clergy of the diocese of Rotterdam, Netherlands, canon of the cathedral chapter and rector of the major seminary of Haarlem-Amsterdam, as auxiliary of Haarlem-Amsterdam (area 2,912, population 2,847,001, Catholics 474,000, priests 208, permanent deacons 41, religious 701). The bishop-elect was born in Leidschendam, Netherlands in 1954 and ordained a priest in 1979. He obtained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and has served as vice pastor and pastor in a number of parishes in his country. He teaches canon law at the major seminary of Haarlem-Amsterdam and is a consultor of the Congregation for the Clergy.
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