25 March 2011

Raï confirmed as Maronite Patriarch

Patriarch Béchara Boutros Raï, O.M.M. was confirmed as Patriarch of Antiochia {Antioch} (Maronite), Lebanon.

Patriarch Raï had been serving as Bishop of Jbeil {Byblos}.

Shevchuk confirmed as Ukrainian Major Archbishop

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk was confirmed as Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč {Kiev} (Ukrainian), Ukraine.

Major Archbishop Shevchuk had been serving as Apostolic Administrator of Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires (Ukrainian), Argentina.

Mizobe retired, Suwa named Takamatsu Bishop

Bishop Francis Xavier Osamu Mizobe, S.D.B. retired and Bishop-elect John Eijiro Suwa was named Bishop of Takamatsu, Japan.

Hamaguchi named Oita Bishop

Bishop-elect Paul Sueo Hamaguchi was named Bishop of Oita, Japan.

The diocese had been vacant since Bishop Dominic Ryoji Miyahara was named Bishop of Fukuoka in March 2008.

Ciliberti retired, Bertolone named Catanzaro-Squillace Archbishop

Archbishop Antonio Ciliberti retired and Archbishop-designate Vincenzo Bertolone, S.d.P. was named Archbishop of Catanzaro-Squillace, Italy.

Archbishop-designate Bertolone had been serving as Bishop of Cassano all’Jonio.

Terán Dutari retired, Maggi named Ibarra Bishop

Bishop Julio César Terán Dutari, S.J. retired and Bishop Valter Dario Maggi was named Bishop of Ibarra, Ecuador.

Bishop Maggi had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Guayaquil.

21 March 2011

19 March 2011

Bishop Ahern Died

Bishop Patrick Vincent Ahern, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New York, has died.

He had turned 92 earlier this month and had served as a priest for 66 years. Today was the 41st anniversary of his consecration as a bishop.

May he rest in peace.

12 March 2011

Erected: Kondoa, Tanzania; Mfumbusa named Bishop

The Diocese of Kondoa, Tanzania was erected with territory taken from Dodoma.

Bishop-elect Bernardine Mfumbusa was named its first bishop.

Mapunda retired, Ndimbo named Mbinga Bishop

Bishop Emmanuel A. Mapunda retired and Bishop-elect John Chrisostom Ndimbo was named Bishop of Mbinga, Tanzania.

Baggini resigned, Di Mauro succeeded as Vigevano Bishop

Bishop Claudio Baggini resigned and Bishop Vincenzo Di Mauro succeeded as Bishop of Vigevano, Italy.

Bishop Di Mauro had been serving as Coadjutor of the same diocese.

D’Souza named Calcutta Coadjutor

Archbishop-designate Thomas D’Souza was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Calcutta, India.

Archbishop-designate D’Souza had been serving as Bishop of Bagdogra.

Bala named Hyderabad Archbishop

Archbishop-designate Thumma Bala was named Archbishop of Hyderabad, India.

The archdiocese had been vacant since the death of Archbishop Marampudi Joji in August 2010.

Archbishop-designate Bala had been serving as Bishop of Warangal.

05 March 2011

Watio named Bafoussam Bishop

Bishop Dieudonné Watio was named Bishop of Bafoussam, Cameroon.

The diocese had been vacant since then-Bishop Joseph Atanga, S.J. was named Archbishop of Bertoua in December 2009.

Bishop Watio had been serving as Bishop of Nkongsamba.

Scanavino resigned as Orvieto-Todi Bishop

Bishop Giovanni Scanavino, O.S.A. resigned as Bishop of Orvieto-Todi, Italy.

Orosz named Miskolc (Hungarian) Exarch

Bishop-elect Atanáz Orosz was named Apostolic Exarch of Miskolc (Hungarian), Hungary and titular bishop of Panium.

Howaniec retired, Mumbiela Sierra named Santissima Trinità in Almaty Bishop

Bishop Henry Theophilus Howaniec, O.F.M. retired and Bishop-elect José Luís Mumbiela Sierra was named Bishop of Santissima Trinità in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Harrington resigned, Kimengich named Lodwar Bishop

Bishop Patrick Joseph Harrington, S.M.A. resigned and Bishop Dominic Kimengich was named Bishop of Lodwar, Kenya.

Bishop Kimengich had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the same diocese.

Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth?

The 2011 edition of the Annuario Pontificio was presented to Pope Benedict XVI on 19 Feb. It recently became available for sale and I received a copy late yesterday (Friday).

One of the changes it lists, with a date of 22 Oct 2009, is the uniting of the Archdiocese of Halifax with the Diocese of Yarmouth to form the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Canada.

The difficulty is that there has never been an announcement of such a unification. There is no reference to it on the official website for either jurisdiction, on the CCCB website, nor on the Vatican website.

Given the uncertainty about this change, I have decided not to show it on my website until further confirmation or clarification is available.

I have contacted a number of different sources and I hope to be able to provide an update in the next week or so. If you can assist in clearing up the matter, please leave me feedback through the form on the main website.

[AP 2011 references to the unification are on pages 287 (Halifax-Yarmouth), 806 (Yarmouth), and 1151 (changes).]

01 March 2011

Version 2.6.9 - Eastern Catholic Churches

I had the opportunity to make some adjustments to the code today and I've made a first cut at cleaning up the handling of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

Let me begin by saying, its not near done - but hopefully its better. I have added some internal structures which should allow some additional flexibility in the future. Since I know I will be making more revisions, I have not done a general refresh, so the changes will only show on pages as they are updated.

Some examples:
FYI, in the lower right corner of any automated page on the website has the version of the code that generated that page and the date of the data as well.

Feedback is most certainly welcome, just use the regular feedback form on the website.

Please be patient though, after all this is just a hobby done in my spare time. I don't always have time to response to every message, but be assured I do read and consider them.

P.S. My copy of the Annuario Pontificio 2011 is on the way. Hopefully I'll have a chance to work with the new data in the coming months.

Currie resigned, Daniels named Grand Falls Bishop

Archbishop Martin William Currie resigned and Bishop Robert Anthony Daniels was named Bishop of Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Canada.

Archbishop Currie remains Archbishop of Saint John’s, Newfoundland.

Bishop Daniels had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of London, Ontario.

Vu Tât named Hung Hoá Bishop

Bishop Jean Marie Vu Tât was named Bishop of Hung Hoá, Viêt Nam.

Bishop Vu Tât had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the same diocese.

Vu Huy Chuong named Ðà Lat Bishop

Bishop Antoine Vu Huy Chuong was named Bishop of Ðà Lat, Viêt Nam.

Bishop Vu Huy Chuong had been serving as Bishop of Hung Hoá.

Moshe named Mossul (Syrian) Archbishop

Archbishop-elect Boutros Moshe was named Archbishop of Mossul (Syrian), Iraq.

Hundt named Corner Brook and Labrador Bishop

Bishop Peter Joseph Hundt was named Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada.

Bishop Hundt had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, Ontario.

Beylouni named Venezuela, Faithful of the Oriental Rite (Syrian) Vicar Apostolic

Bishop-elect Hikmat Beylouni was named Vicar Apostolic of Venezuela, Faithful of the Oriental Rite (Syrian) and titular bishop of Sabrata.

Battah and Casmoussa named Antiochia (Syrian) Auxiliaries

Bishop-elect Jihad Battah and Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa were named Auxiliary Bishops of Antiochia {Antioch} (Syrian), Lebanon.

Bishop-elect Battah was also named titular bishop of Phaena.

Archbishop Casmoussa had been serving as Archbishop of Mossul (Syrian), Iraq.

Matoka retired, Abba named Baghdad (Syrian) Archbishop

Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka retired and Archbishop-elect Yousif Abba was named Archbishop of Baghdad (Syrian), Iraq.

Mahony retired, Gómez succeeded as Los Angeles Archbishop

Roger Michael Cardinal Mahony retired and Archbishop José Horacio Gómez succeeded as Archbishop of Los Angeles, California, USA.

Archbishop Gómez had been serving as Coadjutor Archbishop of the same archdiocese.

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