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21 September 2019

Armendáriz Jiménez named Durango Archbishop

Archbishop-designate Faustino Armendáriz Jiménez was named Archbishop of Durango, México.

The archdiocese had been vacant since Archbishop José Antonio Fernández Hurtado was named Archbishop of Tlalnepantla in January 2019.

Archbishop-designate Armendáriz Jiménez had been serving as Bishop of Querétaro.

Ganci named Permanent Observer to Council of Europe

Marco Ganci was named Permanent Observer to Council of Europe.

The post had been vacant since Bishop-elect Paolo Rudelli was named an Apostolic Nuncio earlier this month.

01 September 2019

New Cardinals!

Today Pope Francis indicated that he intends to create 13 new Cardinals on 5 October 2019.

Here is the list:

  • Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.I., President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Age: 67.3


  • José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça, Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives; Age: 53.8


  • Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Archbishop of Jakarta, Indonesia; Age: 69.2


  • Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez, Archbishop of San Cristobal de la Habana, Cuba; Age: 71.2


  • Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo (Dem. Rep.); Age: 59.6


  • Jean-Claude Höllerich, S.J., Archbishop of Luxembourg; Age: 61.1


  • Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala; Age: 72.2


  • Matteo Maria Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy; Age: 63.9


  • Cristóbal López Romero, S.D.B., Archbishop of Rabat, Morocco; Age: 67.3


  • Michael Czerny, S.J., Official of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; Age: 73.7

  • Plus 3 Non-Voting:


  • Michael Louis Fitzgerald, M. Afr., Apostolic Nuncio Emeritus to Egypt, Arab Republic of; Age: 82.1


  • Sigitas Tamkevičius, S.J., Archbishop Emeritus of Kaunas, Lithuania; Age: 80.9


  • Eugenio Dal Corso, P.S.D.P., Bishop Emeritus of Benguela, Angola; Age: 80.3

  • Please pray for all of them.

    Lonchyna resigned as Holy Family of London Bishop

    Bishop Hlib (Borys Sviatoslav) Lonchyna, M.S.U. resigned as Bishop of Holy Family of London (Ukrainian).

    05 June 2019

    Cardinal Sgreccia has died

    Elio Cardinal Sgreccia, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has died.

    He would have turned 91 tomorrow. He had served as a cardinal for 8 years. He had also served as a priest for 66 years and as a bishop for 26 years.

    May he rest in peace.

    14 May 2019

    Villarojo named Malolos Bishop

    Bishop Dennis Cabanada Villarojo was named Bishop of Malolos, Philippines.

    The diocese had been vacant since the death of Bishop José Francisco Oliveros in May 2018.

    Bishop Villarojo had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu.

    12 May 2019

    Cardinal Sfeir has died

    Nasrallah Pierre Cardinal Sfeir, Maronite Patriarch Emeritus, has died.

    He would have turned 99 on Wednesday. He had served as a cardinal for 24 years. He had also served as a priest for 69 years and as a bishop for 57 years.

    May he rest in peace.

    01 May 2019

    Fernandes named Belgaum Bishop

    Bishop Derek Fernandes was named Bishop of Belgaum, India.

    The diocese had been vacant since then-Bishop Peter Machado was named Archbishop of Bangalore in March 2018.

    Bishop Fernandes had been serving as Bishop of Karwar.

    McGrath resigned, Cantú succeeded as San Jose Bishop

    Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath resigned and Bishop Oscar Cantú succeeded as Bishop of San Jose in California, USA.

    Bishop Cantú had been serving as Coadjutor Bishop of the same diocese.

    10 April 2019

    29 March 2019

    Rugambwa named New Zealand Nuncio

    Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa was named Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand and Apostolic Delegate to Pacific Oceania.

    The posts had been vacant since Archbishop Martin Krebs was named Apostolic Nuncio to Uruguay in June 2018.

    Archbishop Rugambwa had been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Honduras.

    19 March 2019

    van Megen named South Sudan Nuncio

    Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen was named Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan in addition to his other posts.

    The post had been vacant since Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo was named Apostolic Nuncio to Czech Republic in September 2018.

    Speich named Slovenia Nuncio

    Archbishop Jean-Marie Antoine Joseph Speich was named Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia.

    The post had been vacant since the resignation of Archbishop Juliusz Janusz in September 2018.

    Archbishop Speich had been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana.

    Oliach named Soroti Bishop

    Bishop-elect Joseph Eciru Oliach was named Bishop of Soroti, Uganda.

    The diocese had been vacant since then-Bishop Emmanuel Obbo, A.J. was named Archbishop of Tororo in January 2018.

    Ndakalako named Menongue Bishop

    Bishop-elect Leopoldo Ndakalako was named Bishop of Menongue, Angola.

    The diocese had been vacant since the resignation of Bishop Mário Lucunde in March 2018.

    Bertoldi named Mozambique Nuncio

    Archbishop Piergiorgio Bertoldi was named Apostolic Nuncio to Mozambique.

    The post had been vacant since Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra was named Substitute (Sostituto) of the Secretariat of State in August 2018.

    Archbishop Bertoldi had been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Burkina Faso and Apostolic Nuncio to Niger.

    16 February 2019

    van Megen named Kenya Nuncio

    Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen was named Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya.

    The post had been vacant since Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo was named Apostolic Nuncio to Czech Republic in September 2018.

    Archbishop van Megen had been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan and to Eritrea.

    Ortega Franco retired, González Morales and Samaniego López named México Auxiliaries

    Bishop Antonio Ortega Franco, C.O. retired and Bishop-elect Salvador González Morales and Bishop-elect Carlos Enrique Samaniego López were named Auxiliary Bishops of México, Federal District and titular bishops of Lacubaza and Cillium, respectively.

    Colín Cruz named Puerto Escondido Bishop

    Bishop Florencio Armando Colín Cruz was named Bishop of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, México.

    The diocese had been vacant since then-Bishop Pedro Vázquez Villalobos was named Archbishop of Antequera, Oaxaca in February 2018.

    Bishop Colín Cruz had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of México, Federal District.

    Salvi named Perugia-Città della Pieve Auxiliary

    Bishop-elect Marco Salvi was named Auxiliary Bishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy and titular bishop of Termae Himerae.

    04 February 2019

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