VATICAN CITY, SEP 19, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Appointed Archbishop Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino of Valencia en Venezuela, as archbishop of Caracas (area 790, population 4,000,000, Catholics 3,400,000, priests 610, permanent deacons 11, religious 1,942), Venezuela.
- Erected the diocese of Yoro (area 7,939, population 440,231, Catholics 360,989, priests 21, four institutes of female religious), Honduras, with territory taken from the archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Tegucigalpa. He appointed Fr. Jean-Louis Giasson P.M.E., regional superior for Honduras of the Society for Foreign Missions of the province of Quebec and pastor of the parish of St. Joseph the Worker in Choluteca, as first bishop of the new diocese. The bishop-elect was born in Islet-sur-Mer, Canada, in 1939 and ordained a priest in 1965.
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