VATICAN CITY, NOV 8, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Enrique Benavent Vidal, head dean of the faculty of Theology in Valencia, Spain, as auxiliary of the same archdiocese (area 13,060, population 2,499,357, Catholics 2,294,307, priests 1,556, religious 4,900). The bishop-elect was born in Quatretonda, Spain in 1959 and was ordained a priest in 1982.
It was made public on Saturday November 8 that the Holy Father:
- Appointed Bishop Edouard Mathos, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Bangui, Central African Republic, as bishop of Bambari (area 173,000, population 334,714, Catholics 121,957, priests 23, religious 28). He succeeds Bishop Jean-Claude Rembanga whose resignation from the same diocese was accepted in accordance with Canon 401, para. 2, of the Code of Canon Law.
- Appointed Msgr. Sofronio Aguirre Bancud, S.S.S., auxiliary of the diocese of Cabanatuan, the Philippines, as bishop of the same diocese (area 2,743, population 1,703,280, Catholics 862,313, priests 46, religious 68). The bishop-elect was born in 1948 in Atulayan, the Philippines, and was ordained a priest in 1977.
- Appointed Bishop Dominik Duka, O.P., of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, as apostolic administrator "sede plena et donec aliter provideatur" of the diocese of Litomerice area 9.380 population 1,335,154, Catholics 277,736, priests 143, permanent deacons 14, religious 102) Czech Republic.
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