VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Bernardino C. Cortez, pastor of the parish of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus in Los Banos, as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Manila (area 117, population 2,993,000, Catholics 2,719,781, priests 186, religious 1,013), Philippines. The bishop-elect was born in Baclaran, Philippines, in 1949, and ordained a priest in 1974.
On Saturday, May 29, it was made public that he appointed:
- Fr. Lucio Soravito De Franceschi, pastor of the cathedral of Udine and episcopal vicar for the laity, as bishop of Adria-Rovigo (area, 1,193, population 202,864, Catholics 200,128, priests 175, religious 239), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Mione di Ovaro, Italy, in 1939 and ordained a priest in 1963.
- Fr. Giuseppe Andrich, diocesan administrator of Belluno-Feltre (area 3,263, population 181,822, Catholics 181,402, priests 221, permanent deacons 4, religious 287), Italy, as bishop of the same diocese. The bishop-elect was born in Canale d'Agordo, Italy, in 1940, and ordained a priest in 1965.
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