VATICAN CITY, OCT 25, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Hasselt, Belgium presented by Bishop Paul Schruers upon having reached the age limit. Coadjutor Bishop Patrick Hoogmartens succeeds him.
- Appointed Bishop Alojzij Uran, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Ljubljana (area 8,542, population 906,430, Catholics 715,084, priests 563, permanent deacons 4, religious 771), Slovenia, as metropolitan archbishop of the same archdiocese.
On Saturday October 23, it was made public that the Holy Father:
- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kiynada-Mityana, Uganda presented by Bishop Joseph Mukwaya in accordance with Canon 401, para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa succeeds him.
- Accepted the resignation from the position of vice-chamberlain, or camerlengo, of Holy Roman Church presented by Bishop Ettore Cunial and appointed Archbishop Paolo Sardi, apostolic nuncio with special duties, to the same position.
- Appointed Cardinal Jan P. Schotte, president of the Labor Office of the Apostolic See, as his special envoy to the solemn closing celebration of the year dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which will take place at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. on December 8, 2004.
- Appointed the following people as ordinary members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: William D. Phillips, professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park and in the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, U.S.A., and Veerabhadran (Ram) Ramanathan, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of California at San Diego and Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, U.S.A
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