The Holy Father has appointed:
Fr. Rubival Cabral Britto, O.F.M. Cap., as bishop of Grajaú (area 38,696, population 425,600, Catholics 341,000, priests 28, permanent deacons 5, religious 44), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in 1969 in Jaguaquara, Brazil and was ordained a priest in 2000. He attended a course in philosophy at the “Dom Walfredo Tepe” Institute of Theology in Ilheus, and in theology at the Catholic University of “Salvador”, in Salvador (1996-2000). He completed his specialist studies in education management at the Catholic University of Brasilia. Before ordination, he was provincial secretary of his order and promoter of vocations (1997-2000). During his pastoral ministry he has served in the following roles: bursar and formator of the postulate, provincial definitor for the missions, master of novices, provincial minister, formator of the post-novitiate and bursar of the São Judas Tadeu community in Aracaju, in the state of Sergipe. He is currently director of the Colégio Paulo VI in Vitória da Conquista, in the state of Bahia. He succeeds Bishop Franco Cuter, O.F.M. Cap., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese was accepted by the Holy Father.
Fr. Giovanni Intini as bishop of Tricarico (area 1,238, population 34,800, Catholics 33,400, priests 37, religious 56), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in 1965 in Gioia del Colle, Italy, and was ordained a priest in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Pius XI Regional Seminary in Molfetta. After ordination he served as: parish vicar of the cathedral basilica of Conversano and spiritual director of the minor seminary; rector of the minor seminary of Conversano; parish priest of the Mother Church “Maria Santissima della Natività” in Noci; and spiritual father of the regional seminary of Molfetta. He has also served as a teacher of Catholic religion, unitary assistant of Catholic Action and Director of the Regional Vocations Centre. Since 2014 he has served as archpriest of the Concathedral “Maria Santissima della Media” in Monopoli and vicar for the historic centre, as well as episcopal delegate for the permanent formation of the clergy, young priests and permanent deacons. He is a member of the presbyteral council and the college of consulters.
Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, apostolic nuncio in Belgium, as apostolic nuncio in Luxembourg.
Msgr. Joel Portella Amado and Fr. Paulo Alves Romão as auxiliaries of the archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro (area 1,200, population 6,453,682, Catholics 3,297,264, priests 549, permanent deacons 184, religious 1,290), Brazil.
Bishop-elect Portella Amado was born in 1954 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was ordained a priest in 1982. He completed his studies in philosophy at the Aloysian Institute of the Society of Jesus and in theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where he obtained a licentiate and a doctorate in pastoral theology. He went on to study law at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (1977). During his priestly ministry he has served in the following roles: parish priest, professor of theology at the Catholic University of St. Ursula, the “San José” major seminary and the Pontifical Catholic University; head of postgraduate studies in the faculty of theology (PUC), and pastoral coordinator. In 2007 he participated in the fifth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopal Conference in Aparecida as delegate assessor; in 2008 he became Chaplain of His Holiness and in 2013 he was executive secretary of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
He is currently vicar general, archdiocesan pastoral coordinator, pastor of the metropolitan cathedral, member of the presbyteral council and the college of consulters, professor at the Pontifical Catholic University, managing director of the Museum of Religious Art, director of the archdiocesan archive, head of liturgical texts for the Commission for liturgical pastoral and archivist of the metropolitan chapter.
Bishop-elect Alves Romão was born in 1964 in Barra do Jacaré, Brazil, and was ordained a priest in 1997. He completed his studies in philosophy at the “João Paulo II” Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy in Rio de Janeiro and in theology at the Higher Institute of Theology of the archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro (ISTARP). He then obtained a licentiate (2000) and doctorate (2012) in pastoral theology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. During his pastoral ministry he has served as vicar of the “Nossa Senhora de Copacabana” parish and member of the presbyteral council. He is currently pastor of the “Bom Pastor” parish in the North Vicariate, professor at the Pontifical Catholic University and at the “São José” major seminary, director of the archdiocesan department of religious teaching, coordinator of university pastoral ministry, and ecclesiastical assistant of the “Communion and Liberation” movement.