VATICAN CITY, SEP 12, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father elevated the apostolic exarchate for faithful of the Armenian rite resident in the U.S.A. and Canada, to the rank of eparchy with the name "Our Lady of Nareg in New York for Armenian Catholics," and with the same territorial configuration as the current exarchate. He appointed Bishop Manuel Batakian, apostolic exarch for faithful of the Armenian rite resident in the U.S.A. and Canada, as first bishop of the new eparchy.
On Saturday, September 10, it was made public that he appointed:
- Cardinal Jozef Tomko, president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, as his special envoy to celebrations for the first International Eucharistic Congress for Universities, due to take place in Murcia, Spain, from November 9 to 13.
- As consultors of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims, at the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue: Frs. Andrea Pacini, Italy; Jose Luis Sanchez Nogales, Spain; and Daniel A. Madigan S.J., Australia; Sr. Gerardette Philips R.S.C.J., India; Sandra Keating, U.S.A.; and Lamin Sanneh, U.S.A.
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