DAILY CATHOLIC     THURSDAY     January 7, 1999     vol. 10, no. 4

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POPE ORDAINS 9 BISHOPS IN EPIPHANY CEREMONY

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Nine new bishops were ordained by Pope John Paul II in a January 6 ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica.

          Tradition calls for the Pope to ordain several bishops on the feast of the Epiphany. Including these and other ceremonies, Pope John Paul has now personally ordained 277 priest to episcopal office.

          In his homily at the ordination Mass, the Pope addressed himself directly to the priests who were about to be ordained, and spoke of the needs of the dioceses they would be serving. He paid particular attention to the people of Rumbek, Sudan, and of Phu Cuong, Vietnam-- dioceses are now headed by the newly ordained Bishops Cesare Mazzolari and Pierre Tran Dinh Tu, respectively.

          Two other bishops ordained at the same ceremony will begin pastoral assignments in diocesan work: Bishop Rafael Cob Garcia as apostolic vicar in Puyo, Ecuador, and Bishop Matthew Moolakkattu, OSB, as an auxiliary for the Syro-Malabar rite in Kottayam, India.

          Two other new bishops have important roles in the Roman Curia. Bishop Diarmuid Martin is secretary to the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, while Bishop Jose Luis Redrado Marchite is secretary to the Pontifical Council for Health-Care Workers. Three other newly ordained bishops will serve as papal nuncios in the Vatican diplomatic corps: Bishop Alessandro d'Errico in Pakistan, Bishop Salvatore Pennacchio in Rwanda, and Bishop Alain Lebeaupin in Ecuador.

          After the ordinations, the Pope recited the Angelus from the window of his apartment in the Apostolic Palace. The thousands of pilgrims who came to St. Peter's Square for the occasion also saw a procession of figures representing the Three Magi.


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January 7, 1999       volume 10, no. 4
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