28 November 2006

Technology Test on the Main Site

I'm considering some changes to the diocese pages on the main site.

Here is an example of the new style and the same page in the old style. (note: some of the links may be broken on these pages, the test is about the design of the page itself.)

The main changes are: 1) adjusted the location of the diocese's historical detail info; 2) adjusted some of the section titles; and 3) replaced the "jump to" bar with a "show" bar (the big change).

The "show" bar allows the user to pick which sections (or "all") of the page to see. This is especially useful when one is printing out the page and only needs certain sections.

A variation of this technology is also being considered for other parts of the site - so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Please use the regular feedback form on the site.

Thanks again :-)

Housset named La Rochelle (-Saintes) Bishop

Bishop Bernard Housset was named Bishop of La Rochelle (-Saintes), France. The diocese had been vacant since then-Bishop Georges Paul Pontier was named Archbishop of Marseille in May 2006. Bishop Housset had been serving as Bishop of Montauban.

25 November 2006

Ruzoka named Tabora Archbishop

Archbishop-designate Paul R. Ruzoka was named Archbishop of Tabora, Tanzania. The Archdiocese had been vacant since the death of Archbishop Mario Epifanio Abdallah Mgulunde in March 2006. Archbishop-designate Ruzoka had been serving as Bishop of Kigoma.

Ravasi retired, Kihara Kariuki named Marsabit Bishop

Bishop Ambrogio Ravasi, I.M.C. retired and Bishop Peter Kihara Kariuki, I.M.C. was named Bishop of Marsabit, Kenya. Bishop Kihara Kariuki had been serving as Bishop of Muranga.

Karikassery named Verapoly Auxiliary

Bishop-elect Joseph Karikassery was named Auxiliary Bishop of Verapoly, India and titular bishop of Buxentum.

Goa e Damão elevated to a Metropolitan

The Archdiocese of Goa e Damão, India was elevated to a Metropolitan Archdiocese with the Diocese of Sindhudurg as a suffragan.

Bujumbura elevated to Archdiocese

The diocese of Bujumbura, Burundi was elevated to an Archdiocese. Archbishop-designate Evariste Ngoyagoye remains the ordinary. The dioceses of Bubanza and Bururi were made suffragans of the new archdiocese.

Reorganization of the Provinces of Mexico

There was a major reorganization of the provinces within Mexico.

Four dioceses were elevated to Metropolitan Archdioceses: Tijuana, León, Tulancingo, and Tuxtla Gutiérrez. The respective ordinaries of each of these were named Archbishops.

Numerous dioceses changed Metropolitans as part of this reorganization.

The complete new structure of the Dioceses of Mexico can be found on the site.

21 November 2006

Cardinal Baum turns 80 - The End of an Era

William Wakefield Cardinal Baum has turned 80 years of age and thus loses his right to vote in a conclave. He was also the last pre-Pope John Paul II voting Cardinal.

He was elevated to the Cardinalate by Pope Paul VI in 1976. The only other one elevated by Pope Paul VI and under the age of 80 is Pope Benedict XVI, who was elevated in 1977.

There are 114 Cardinal Electors of the 187 living Cardinals. Of those, 102 were elevated by Pope John Paul II and the remaining 12 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Leichtfried named Sankt Pölten Auxiliary

Bishop-elect Anton Leichtfried was named Auxiliary Bishop of Sankt Pölten, Austria and titular bishop of Rufiniana.

Graziani named Crotone-Santa Severina Archbishop

Archbishop-designate Domenico Graziani was named Archbishop of Crotone-Santa Severina, Italy. The archdiocese had been vacant since Archbishop Andrea Mugione was named Archbishop of Benevento. Archbishop-designate Graziani had been serving as Bishop of Cassano all'Jonio.

Ekpu retired as Benin City Archbishop

Archbishop Patrick Ebosele Ekpu has retired as Archbishop of Benin City, Nigeria.

20 November 2006

Bishop Dudley Died

Bishop Paul Vincent Dudley, Bishop Emeritus of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, has died. He was just 7 days from his 80th birthday and had served as a priest for 55 years and as a bishop for 30 years. May he rest in peace.

17 November 2006

Archbishop Mansour Died

Archbishop Jean Mansour, M.S.S.P., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Antiochia {Antioch} (Melkite), Syria, has died. He was 78 and had served as a priest for 54 years and as a bishop for 26 years. May he rest in peace.

Bishop Moreno Died

Bishop Manuel Duran Moreno, Bishop Emeritus of Tucson, Arizona, USA, has died. He was 10 days from his 76th birthday and he served as a priest for 45 years and as a bishop for just under 30 years. May he rest in peace.

Bishop D'Silva Died

Bishop Joseph D'Silva, Bishop of Bellary, India, had died. He was 74 and had served as a priest for 46 years and as Bishop of Bellary for 14 years. May he rest in peace.

16 November 2006

Bishop Zini Filho Died

Bishop Augusto José Zini Filho, Bishop of Limeira, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has died. He was 10 days from his 74th birthday and had served as a priest for 47 years and as a bishop for 12 years. May he rest in peace.

10 November 2006

Archbishop Monte Died

Archbishop Nivaldo Monte, Archbishop Emeritus of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, has died. He was 88 and had served as a bishop for 43 years and as a priest for 64 years. May he rest in peace.

04 November 2006

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