July 13, 2007

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

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

SUMMARY:


PAPAL LETTER FOR FEAST OF PATRON OF ITALIAN FOREST RANGERS

 VATICAN CITY, JUL 13, 2007 (VIS) - Made public today was a Letter from Benedict XVI to Bishop Maffeo Ducoli, emeritus of Belluno-Feltre, Italy, for yesterday's Feast of St. John Gualbert, patron of the Italian Forest Rangers.

   Yesterday, in the church of the Virgin of the Snows at Pra Mirino, Bishop Ducoli presided at a Eucharistic concelebration attended by members of the Forest Rangers from the provincial headquarters of Belluno. That ceremony, writes the Pope in his Letter, "has particular significance this year because it coincides with the 20th anniversary of the visit my predecessor John Paul II made to that church, so beloved by the inhabitants of this splendid region."

   "This is an appropriate occasion for me to express my appreciation and affection for the Forest Rangers, certain that they will seek to undertake their activities in a spirit of service so as to remain close to the people and to protect as best they can the richness of nature, which is a gift from God to everyone."

 

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

 VATICAN CITY, JUL 13, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

  - Appointed Msgr. Roberto Busti of the clergy of the archdiocese of Milan, provost of Lecco, as bishop of Mantova (area 2,080, population 366,789, Catholics 344,083, priests 233, religious 389), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Busto Arsizio, Italy in 1940 and ordained a priest in 1964. He succeeds Bishop Egidio Caporello, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

  - Appointed Msgr. Mario Delpini, episcopal vicar for pastoral zone 4 (Melegnano) in the archdiocese of Milan, Italy, and Msgr. Franco Giulio Brambilla, president of the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy, as auxiliaries of Milan (area 4,217, population 5,191,510, Catholics 4,913,510, priests 3,011, permanent deacons 82, religious 8,122). Bishop-elect Delpini was born in Gallarate, Italy in 1950 and ordained a priest in 1975. Bishop-elect Brambilla was born in Missaglia, Italy in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1975.

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