July 18, 2007

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

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

SUMMARY:


TELEGRAM FOR VICTIMS OF BRAZILIAN AIR DISASTER

 VATICAN CITY, JUL 18, 2007 (VIS) - Given below is the text of a telegram sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. to Archbishop Odilo Pedro Scherer of Sao Paolo, Brazil, for yesterday afternoon's air accident at the airport of Congonhas, which cost the lives of more than 200 people.

   "The Holy Father, distressed by the hundreds of victims of the air disaster in Sao Paolo, which he visited not long ago, wishes to give his most heartfelt condolences to all their relatives. He gives assurances of his prayers for the dead and invokes the strength and consolation of God for the injured and for all those affected by this tragedy, granting everyone, as a sign of his spiritual closeness, his consoling apostolic blessing."

 

POPE TO ATTEND A CONCERT AND TO MEET WITH LOCAL CLERGY

 VATICAN CITY, JUL 18, 2007 (VIS) - At 8 p.m. on Friday July 20, the Holy Father is due to attend a concert offered in his honor by Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of Belluno-Feltre, Italy, at the Castle of Mirabello in Lorenzago di Cadore, the alpine resort in which the Pope is currently spending his holiday. The concert will be given by seven alpine choirs.

   At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, Benedict will meet with clergy from the dioceses of Belluno-Feltre and Treviso in the church of St. Justina, Martyr in Auronzo.

 

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

 VATICAN CITY, JUL 18, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

  - Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Munster, Germany, presented by Bishop Friedrich Ostermann, upon having reached the age limit.

  - Appointed Fr. Franz-Josef Overbeck of the clergy of the diocese of Munster, Germany, director of the institute for the diaconate and pastoral ministry, as auxiliary of the same diocese (area 15,265, population 4,269,448, Catholics 2,042,159, priests 1,256, permanent deacons 248, religious 3,150). The bishop-elect was born in Marl, Germany in 1964 and ordained a priest in 1989.

  - Appointed Bishop David A. Zubik of Green Bay, U.S.A., as bishop of Pittsburgh (area 9,722, population 1,956,597, Catholics 781,811, priests 531, permanent deacons 37, religious 1,455), U.S.A.

  - Appointed Fr. Gaetano Galbusera S.D.B., rector of the major seminary of Pumallucay, Peru, as coadjutor of the apostolic vicariate of Pucallpa (area 52,168, population 500,000, Catholics 390,000, priests 20, religious 45), Peru. The bishop-elect was born in Marasso-Missaglia, Italy in 1940 and ordained a priest in 1967.

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