VATICAN CITY, 1 DEC 2008 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Accepted the resignation from the from the office of auxiliary of Buenos Aires, Argentina, presented by Bishop Horacio Benites Astoul, upon having reached the age limit.
- Appointed Bishop Jaime Prieto Amaya of Barrancabermeja, Colombia, as bishop of Cucuta (area 2,200, population 816,000, Catholics 734,000, priests 129, permanent deacons 7, religious 277), Colombia.
On Saturday 29 November it was made public that he accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Sacramento, U.S.A. presented by Bishop William K. Weigand, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto.
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