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Saturday, September 29, 2007


VATICAN CITY, OCT 1, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop William D'Souza S.J. of Buxar, India, as archbishop of Patna (area 28,808, population 24,982,000, Catholics 54,718, priests 181, religious 684), India. The archbishop-elect was born in Madanthar, India in 1946, he was ordained a priest in 1976 and consecrated a bishop in 2006. He succeeds Archbishop Benedict John Osta S.J., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Msgr. Carlo Mazza of the clergy of the diocese Bergamo, Italy, director of the Italian Episcopal Conference's national office for the pastoral care of tourism and sport, as bishop of Fidenza (area 451, population 73,287, Catholics 72,431, priests 68, permanent deacons 11, religious 56), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Entratico, Italy 1942 and ordained a priest in 1968.

 - Appointed Archbishop Piero Marini, master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, as president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

 - Appointed Fr. Guido Marini of the clergy of the archdiocese of Genoa, Italy, as master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations.

  On Saturday, September 29, it was made public that he:

 - Conferred upon Mario Agnes, director of the newspaper, "L'Osservatore Romano," the title of director emeritus.

 - Appointed Giovanni Maria Vian, journalist and professor of patristic philology at Rome's "La Sapienza" University, as director of "L'Osservatore Romano."

 - Appointed Carlo Di Cicco, author and journalist, as vice-director of "L'Osservatore Romano."

 - Appointed Fr. Marcel Chappin S.J., official at the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State, as vice-prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives.
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