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Thursday, July 10, 2014


Vatican City, 10 July 2014 (VIS) – On the morning of Saturday 26 July the Holy Father is provisionally scheduled to pay a private visit to the evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino, a friend from his time in Buenos Aires, in his church of the Reconciliation in Caserta. The idea arose from Pope Francis' encounter with a group of evangelical pastors last month.


Vatican City, 10 July 2014 (VIS) – Yesterday, 9 July, the Holy Father received in audience Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way.


Vatican City, 10 July 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- appointed Fr. Joseph Mlola, ALCP/OSS, as bishop of Kigoma (area 45,066, population 2,000,000, Catholics 515,701, priests 55, religious 165), Tanzania. The bishop-elect was born in Mashati Rombo, Tanzania in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1997. He studied dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Urbanian University and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish vicar of Nairagie Enkare, diocese of Ngong, Kenya; vice rector of the Holy Spirit College, Morogoro, Tanzania; parish vicar of Caliti, Italy, and vice rector of the St. Charles Lwanga interdiocesan major seminary, Dar-es-Salaam. He is currently rector of the St. Paul interdiocesan seminary in Kipalapala.

- appointed Fr. Luis Horacio Gomez Gonzalez as apostolic vicar of Puerto Gaitan (area 56,500, population 140,000, Catholics 80,000, priests 41, religious 4), Colombia. The bishop-elect was born in Salaminas-Caldas, Colombia in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 1991. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest of several parishes in Castilla, Aguadas-Caldas and Manizales, and is currently vicar for the administration of the archdiocese of Manizales.
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