VATICAN CITY, JAN 9, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Lawrence Huculak O.S.B.M. of Edmonton of the Ukrainians, Canada, as metropolitan archbishop of Winnipeg of the Ukrainians (Catholics 29,740, priests 50, permanent deacons 15, religious 43), Canada. The archbishop-elect was born in Vernon, Canada in 1951, he was ordained a priest in 1977 and consecrated a bishop in 1997. He succeeds Archbishop Michael Bzdel C.SS.R., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
On Saturday, January 7, it was made public that he:
- Appointed Fr. Pierre-Celestin Tshitoko Mamba of the clergy of Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, rector of the inter-diocesan philosophical school of Kabwe, as bishop of Luebo (area 32,000, population 1,670,000, Catholics 918,000, priests 84, religious 102), Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bishop-elect was born in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1956 and ordained as a priest in 1982.
- Appointed Bishop Felipe Bacarreza Rodriguez, auxiliary of Concepcion, Chile, as bishop of Los Angeles (area 13,454, population 333,007, Catholics 221,040, priests 39, permanent deacons 27, religious 74), Chile. He succeeds Bishop Miguel Blas Caviedes Medina, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
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