26 October 2008

Technical Note and the Upcoming Week

I wanted to remind folks that Day Saving Time in Europe ended last night - but it doesn't end in the US until next weekend. The result is that announcements will be made an hour later (US time) for the next week - meaning that I may not be able to post an update before I go to work in the morning.

The other item is you may have noticed there was yet another version change of the software - now at v2.5.6. This provides a fix of a long standing bug on diocese pages relating to the list of past ordinaries. If an ordinary's start date was a partial date (i.e., missing month and/or day) then the next ordinary might not appear on the list. That bug (hopefully) is finally fixed.

A refresh of the diocese pages is now posted to the site.

21 October 2008

Jaworski retired, Mokrzycki succeeded as Lviv Archbishop

Marian Cardinal Jaworski retired and Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki succeeded as Archbishop of Lviv, Ukraine.

Archbishop Mokrzycki had been serving as Coadjutor Archbishop of the same archdiocese.

17 October 2008

Schnurr named Cincinnati Coadjutor

Archbishop-designate Dennis Marion Schnurr was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Archbishop Daniel Edward Pilarczyk remains the ordinary, but upon his retirement Archbishop-designate Schnurr will automatically succeed him.

Archbishop-designate Schnurr had been serving as Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota.

14 October 2008

13 October 2008

Cardinal González Zumárraga Died

Antonio José Cardinal González Zumárraga, Archbishop Emeritus of Quito, Ecuador, has died. He was 83 years old and had served as a priest for 57 years. He had also served as a bishop for 39 years and a cardinal for 7 years.

May he rest in peace.

12 October 2008

Version 2.5.5 and Recent Additions

Ya'll may have noticed yet another version change - now up to version 2.5.5 - over the weekend. This time the changes were purely internal in nature - a reworking of the code which produces the group section of a bishop's page. However, the performance difference is rather dramatic. The last time I did a full refresh of the bishop pages was in January and it took roughly 17 hours. I did a full refresh again last night and despite have almost 2,000 more bishops the process was done in under 6 hours.

Over the summer lull I spent much of the time adding historical cardinals to the databases. This includes all the Cardinals in the Consistories starting in 1644 and Conclaves starting from 1676.

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