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Friday, April 25, 2014


Vatican City, 25 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- appointed Rev. Paul Simick as apostolic vicar of Nepal (area 147,180, population 28,610,000, Catholics 7,950, priests 71, religious 170). The bishop-elect was born in Gitdubling, India in 1963 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He holds a licentiate and a doctorate in biblical theology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest of the “Christ the King” parish, Pakyong, India; dean of the East Sikkim Deanery; bursar and subsequently deputy head of St. Xavier's School, Pakyong. He succeeds Bishop Anthony Francis Sharma, S.J., whose resignation upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.

- appointed Archbishop Anselmo Guido Pecorari, formerly apostolic nuncio in Uruguay, as apostolic nuncio in Bulgaria.

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