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Thursday, March 4, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 4 MAR 2010 (VIS) - Benedict XVI is due to visit the Spanish cities of Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona in November this year, according to announcements made yesterday by Archbishop Julian Barrio Barrio of Santiago de Compostela, and Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, archbishop of Barcelona.

  The Holy Father will travel to Santiago de Compostela on 6 November, for the occasion of the Compostela Holy Year, then move on to Barcelona on 7 November where he will consecrate the church of the "Sagrada Familia".

  This will be Benedict XVI's second visit to Spain, the first having been in July 2006 for the Fifth World Meeting of Families in Valencia. Furthermore, he is expected to return to the country in August 2011 for the celebration of World Youth Day.
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VATICAN CITY, 4 MAR 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

 - Nine prelates from the Uganda Episcopal Conference, on their "ad limina" visit:

    - Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Kakooza and by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, archbishop emeritus.

    - Bishop Paul Ssemogerere of Kasana-Luweero.

    - Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa of Kiyinda-Mityana.

    - Bishop Matthias Ssekamanya of Lugazi.

    - Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa of Masaka.

    - Archbishop Paul K. Bakyenga of Mbarara.

    - Bishop Lambert Bainomugisha, auxiliary of Mbarara, apostolic administrator of Hoima.

 - Francisco A. Soler, ambassador of El Salvador, on his farewell visit.
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VATICAN CITY, 4 MAR 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Vilnius, Lithuania, presented by Bishop Juozas Tunaitis, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 para. 1 of the Code of Canon Law.

 - Appointed as members of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses: Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; Fr. Wojciech Giertych O.P., theologian of the Pontifical Household, and Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas S.F.X., official of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
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