VATICAN CITY, APR 26, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Appointed Bishop Francois Xavier Maroy Rusengo, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as metropolitan archbishop of the same archdiocese (area 8,815, population 1,555,608, Catholics 895,023, priests 200, religious 668). The archbishop-elect was born in Bukavu in 1956, he was ordained a priest in 1984 and consecrated a bishop in 2005.
- Appointed Bishop Benedito Beni dos Santos, auxiliary of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as bishop of Lorena (area 5,055, population 267,000, Catholics 202,000, priests 46, permanent deacons 15, religious 66), Brazil.
- Appointed Fr. Joao Mamede Filho O.F.M. Conv., rector of the philosophical seminary "Casa Sao Francisco" in Curitiba, Brazil, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Sao Paulo (area 1,645, population 7,060,750, Catholics 5,154,347, priests 804, permanent deacons 8, religious 2,289), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Cacapava, Brazil in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1978.
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