February 16, 2007

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

The following, in it's entirety, is a copyrighted transcript of the Vatican Information Service.



 VATICAN CITY, FEB 16, 2007 (VIS) - In the Holy See Press Office at 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, a press conference will be held to present an international congress entitled "Christian conscience in support of the right to life." Promoted by the Pontifical Academy for Life, the congress is due to be held in the Vatican on February 23 and 24.

   Participating in Tuesday's press conference will be Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life; Bishop Anthony Fisher O.P., auxiliary of Sydney, Australia and professor of bioethics and moral theology at the John Paul II Institute in Sydney; Msgr. Jean Laffitte, vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and professor of anthropology and of conjugal spirituality at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family; Monica Lopez Barahona, biologist, professor of bioethics and director of the bioethical institute at the University of Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain.



VATICAN CITY, FEB 16, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

  - Six prelates from the Italian Episcopal Conference on their "ad limina" visit:

     - Archbishop Francesco Marinelli of Urbino-Urbania-Sant'Angelo in Vado.

    - Archbishop Pietro Coccia of Pesaro.

    - Bishop Gervasio Gestori of San Benedetto del Tronto-Ripatransone-Montalto.

    - Bishop Vittorio Tomassetti of Fano-Fossombrone-Cagli-Pergola

    - Msgr. Pietro Spernanzoni, apostolic administrator of Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia.

    - Bishop Arduino Bertoldo of Foligno.

   This evening he is scheduled to receive in audience Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.



 VATICAN CITY, FEB 16, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Albert D'Souza of Lucknow, India, as archbishop of Agra (area 49,162, population 27,173,476, Catholics 12,750, priests 66, religious 269), India. The archbishop-elect was born in Moodubelle, India in 1945, he was ordained a priest in 1974, and consecrated a bishop in 1993.

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