Vatican City, 8 January 2016 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed:
- Fr. Juan Carlos Elizalde Espinal as bishop of Vitoria (area 350, population 329,000, Catholics 298,000, priests 291, permanent deacons 5, religious 738), Spain. The bishop-elect was born in Mezkiritz, Spain in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1987. He holds a licentiate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid, and has served in a number of roles in the archdiocese of Pamplona y Tudela, including director of diocesan university residences, parish priest and professor of theology and head of pastoral ministry of the Public University of Navarra. He is currently episcopal vicar of the zone of Pamplona-Cuenca-Roncesvalles. He succeeds Bishop Miguel Jose Asurmendi Aramendia, S.D.B., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
- Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez, archbishop of Valladolid, Spain, as member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).