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Thursday, April 15, 2004


VATICAN CITY, APR 15, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Accepted the resignation to the pastoral care of the apostolic vicariate of Bontoc-Lagwe, the Philippines, presented by Bishop Francisco F. Claver, emeritus of Malaybalay, upon having reached the age limit.

- Appointed Fr. Cornelio Galleo Wigwigan as apostolic vicar of Bontoc-Lagwe (area 4,616, population 302,062, Catholics 199,343, priests 30, religious 23), the Philippines. Bishop-elect Wigwigan was born in Sabangan, the Philippines in 1942 and was ordained a priest in 1966.

- Appointed as members of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura Cardinals Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Peter Erdo and Jean-Louis Tauran.
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VATICAN CITY, APR 15, 2004 (VIS) - The Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," often called the "office of papal charity," announced in its just-released annual report that  financial assistance given in the name of the Holy Father for emergency aid and human promotion, to the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel and the Populorum Progressio Foundation totaled $6.482 million in 2003.

  The report noted that the monies donated to the Pope for men, women and children tried in body and spirit came from individual faithful, parish and diocesan offices and religious institutes around the world. There was great response in particular to the Holy Father's Message for Lent 2004 on the theme "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me" in which he wrote: "With great admiration I also think of all those committed to caring for underprivileged children and those who alleviate the sufferings of children and their families resulting from war and violence, inadequate food and water, forced immigration and the many forms of injustice present in the world."

  A total of $1.680 million was donated for human promotion projects in 33 countries and for emergency assistance in 23 countries for earthquakes, floods, wars, drought and famine, refugees and migrants and victims of HIV/AIDS. The remaining funds were given to the two foundations instituted by Pope John Paul within Cor Unum: $1.843 million to the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, created in 1984 and $2.959 million (2.474.000 Euro) to the Populorum Progressio Foundation, created in 1992.

  The Cor Unum report also noted that "in special cases, the Holy Father has sent as his personal envoy Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, council president, to show the spiritual closeness of the Universal Church and the Apostolic See to populations which have been struck and to encourage all those who are assisting the victims." Archbishop Cordes traveled to Vietnam in January and to Iraq from May 28 to June 3, 2003.
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