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Friday, February 25, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 25 FEB 2011 (VIS) - At 11.30 a.m. on Friday 4 March a press conference will be held in the Holy See Press Office to present the "Lineamenta", or preparatory document, for the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is due to be held in the Vatican from 7 to 28 October 2012 on the theme: "The new evangelisation for the transmission of the Christian faith".

  The conference will be presented by Archbishop Nikola Eterovic and Msgr. Fortunato Frezza, respectively secretary general and under secretary of the Synod of Bishops.
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VATICAN CITY, 25 FEB 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

 - His Beatitude Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon.

 - Four prelates from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines on their "ad limina" visit:

    - Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles of Lipa.

    - Archbishop Romulo G. Valles of Zamboanga.

    - Archbishop Jesus A. Dosado C.M. of Ozamiz.

    - Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma S.J. of Cagayan de Oro.

 - Bishop Pierre Morissette of Saint-Jerome, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, accompanied by Archbishop Richard William Smith of Edmonton, vice president, and by Msgr. Patrick Power, secretary general.

  This evening he is scheduled to receive in audience Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.
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VATICAN CITY, 25 FEB 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Msgr. Giuseppe Pellegrini, vicar general of Verona, Italy, as bishop of Concordia-Pordenone (area 2,675, population 359,334, Catholics 351,580, priests 306, permanent deacons 16, religious 305), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Monteforte d'Alpone, Italy in 1953 and ordained a priest in 1979. He succeeds Bishop Ovidio Poletto, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Fr. William J. Waltersheid of the clergy of the diocese of Harrisburg, U.S.A., vicar for clergy and religious life, as auxiliary of the diocese of Pittsburgh (area 9,722, population 1,963,000, Catholics 803,000, priests 482, permanent deacons 42, religious 1,316), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Ashland, U.S.A. in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1992.
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