Vatican City, 2 April 2016 – The Holy Father has appointed:
- Bishop Jorge Alberto Cavazos Arizpe, auxiliary of Monterrey, Mexico, as bishop of San Juan de los Lagos (area 12,000, population 1,127,000, Catholics 1,096,000, priests 304, religious 508), Mexico. He succeeds Bishop Felipe Salazar Villagrana, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
- Rev. Fr. Dieudonné Madrapile Tanzi as bishop of Isangi, (area 50,000, population 858,000, Catholics 119,000, priests 19, religious 10), Democratic Republic of Congo. The bishop-elect was born in Faradje, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 1985. He holds a doctorate in missiology from the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles including formator in the minor seminary, lecturer and spiritual animator in the major seminary, vicar general, diocesan administrator, and rector of the "Blessed Anuarite" National Marian Shrine. He is currently visiting lecturer in pastoral theology at the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome.
- Rev. Fr. John Akin Oyejola as bishop of Osogbo, (area 12,000, population 1,500,000, Catholics 62,000, priests 63, religious 71), Nigeria. The bishop-elect was born in Awe, Nigeria in 1963 and was ordained a priest in 1991. He holds a diploma in humanities and a master's degree in pastoral leadership from All Hallow's College, Dublin, Ireland, and a doctorate in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary's College, California, U.S.A. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish vicar, parish priest, diocesan director for vocations, diocesan chaplain for the young, diocesan director for the Biblical Apostolate, member of the council of consultors, national director of Religious Educators in Nigeria; and regional director of the Pastoral Institute. He is currently parish priest of the St. Stephen Catholic Church, Oyo, and director of the diocesan Centre for Family Pastoral Ministry.
- Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin as papal legate at the celebrations to take place in Gniezno and Poznań, Poland, from 14 to 16 April, to mark the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland.
- Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Catholic Education, as his special envoy at the inauguration of the Shrine of Toruń, Poland, dedicated to Mary Star of New Evangelisation and to St. John Paul II, to take place on 18 May 2016.