VATICAN CITY, MAR 22, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Appointed Bishop Maurice Konan Kouassi of Odienne, Ivory Coast, as bishop of Daloa (area 25,000, population 1,200,000, Catholics 38,000, priests 49, permanent deacons 1, religious 60), Ivory Coast. He succeeds Bishop Pierre-Marie Coty whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- Appointed Fr. Cecilio Raul Berzosa Martinez of the clergy of Burgos, Spain, professor of dogmatic theology at the Faculty of Theology of North Spain, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Oviedo (area 10,565, population 1,062,198, Catholics 1,003,777, priests 624, religious 1,257), Spain. The bishop-elect was born in Aranda de Duero, Spain, in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1982.
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