VATICAN CITY, DEC 7, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:
- Fr. Segismundo Martinez Alvarez, S.D.B., parochial vicar of Nossa Senhora da Guia in the archdiocese of Cuiaba, Brazil, as bishop of Corumba (area 62,800, population 102,680, Catholics 85,000, priests 14, religious 23), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Acebes del Paramo, Spain in 1943 and was ordained a priest in 1972.
- Bishop Cornelius Fontem Esua of Kumbo, Cameroon, as coadjutor archbishop of Bamenda (area 10,000, population 1,100,000, Catholics 237,000, priests 85, religious 182), Cameroon.
- Fr. Castor Paul Msemwa, of the clergy of the diocese of Njombe, Tanzania, spiritual father of the Benedictine Sisters, as coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Tunduru-Masasi (area 22,730, population 585,608, Catholics 94,289, priests 37, permanent deacons 4, religious 27), Tanzania. The bishop-elect was born in 1955 in Kitulira, Tanzania and was ordained a priest in 1987.
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