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Other Pontifical Acts, 11.11.2016

The Holy Father has:

- appointed Bishop Francesco Marino of Avellino, Italy as bishop of Nola (area 450, population 536,000, Catholics 500,000, priests 218, permanent deacons 22, religious 475), Italy. He succeeds Bishop Beniamino Depalma, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.

- accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala, Guatemala, presented by Bishop Gustavo Rodolfo Mendoza Hernández, and appointed Fr. José Cayetano Parra Novo, O.P., as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala (area 2,591, population 5,423,000, Catholics 4,338,000, priests 577, permanent deacons 3, religious 1,589), Guatemala. The bishop-elect was born in 1950 in Otívar, Spain, gave his religious vows in 1974, and was ordained a priest in 1979. He holds a licenciate in theology from the Salesian Theological Institute of “Francisco Marroquín” University in Guatemala City, and has served in a number of roles, includig missionary in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, parish priest, and local superior of the Dominican communities. He is currently rector of the “San Agustín church in Guatemala City, assessor for family pastoral ministry for the archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala and the Guatamalan Episcopal Conference, and member of the College of Consultors, the presbyteral council and the commission for the permanent diaconate of the same archdiocese.