25 October 2012

Rodríguez Gómez named Valle de Chalco Bishop

Bishop Víctor René Rodríguez Gómez was named Bishop of Valle de Chalco, México.

The diocese had been vacant since Bishop Luis Artemio Flores Calzada was named Bishop of Tepic, Nayarit in March 2012.

Bishop Rodríguez Gómez had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Texcoco.

College of Cardinals (with new Designees): Notes, Statistics, and updated Charts

The Charts (Warning: PDF format)

The charts are:
  • Number of Cardinals (1585-2022; 1915-2022; and 1965-2022) 
  • Average Age (1585-2022; 1915-2022; and 1965-2022)
As of today:
  • 205 living Cardinals (116 Electors).
  • Youngest: Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki (Archbishop of Berlin, Germany) at 56.2
  • Average Age (all): 78.3 years
  • Average Age (Electors Only): 72.3 years
  • Average Length of Service as Cardinal (all): 11.8 years
  • Average Length of Service as Cardinal (Electors Only): 7.5 years
As of 24 November 2012: (with new Cardinals added)
About the new class of Cardinal-Designates:
Future numbers, assuming no deaths or new creations of Cardinal-Electors:
  • By the end of 2012: 119 Cardinal-Electors
  • By the end of 2013: 109 Cardinal-Electors
  • By the end of 2014: 97 Cardinal-Electors
  • By the end of 2015: 92 Cardinal-Electors
  • By the end of 2016: 78 Cardinal-Electors
The last time 2 Consistories to create Cardinals were held in the same year was under Pope Pius XI in 1929 (July and December). He also did the same in 1923, 1925, 1926, and 1927.

The last Consistory to create Cardinals with 6 or fewer designees was under Pope Paul VI (actually his last one) - in June 1977 - just over a year before his death.

Among those named, was a young (50 years old) new (a month after his consecration) Archbishop of München und Freising {Munich}, Germany - named Joseph Ratzinger (better known now as Pope Benedict XVI).

12 October 2012

Mayugba named Laoag Bishop

Bishop Renato Pine Mayugba was named Bishop of Laoag, Philippines.

The diocese had been vacant since then-Bishop Sergio Lasam Utleg was named Archbishop of Tuguegarao in June 2011.

Bishop Mayugba had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan.

03 October 2012

01 October 2012

and 20,000,000 visits later

The Main Website reached another milestone early this morning - the 20 millionth visit.

The site began long ago, you can find a history and timeline on the website.

Until the site got its own domain - on the Feast of Blessed Damien de Veuster (10 May 2002) no logs and very few stats were available. On that first day, there were 45 visits - viewing 495 pages.

Over the years the site has greatly expanded in content and in users. For example, last month there was an average of over 7,000 visits looking at over 36,000 pages each day. Over 1,850 people belong to the groups that receive emails about updates.

And today, the total number of visits passed 20 million. During those visits, folks viewed 128 million pages. Not bad for 10.4 years of service :-)

For reference, it took 6.2 years (July 2008) for the first 10 million visits. It has taken only 4.2 years for the second 10 million!

All I can say is Thank You!

Wanke resigned as Erfurt Bishop

Bishop Joachim Wanke resigned as Bishop of Erfurt, Germany.

Schraml retired as Passau Bishop

Bishop Wilhelm Schraml retired as Bishop of Passau, Germany.

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