March 1, 2011

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

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

SUMMARY:


BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH

 VATICAN CITY, 1 MAR 2011 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for March is: "That the nations of Latin America may walk in fidelity to the Gospel and progress in justice and peace".

   His mission intention is: "That the Holy Spirit may give light and strength to those in many regions of the world who are persecuted and discriminated against because of the Gospel".

 

LAW ON CITIZENSHIP, RESIDENCY AND ACCESS TO THE VATICAN

VATICAN CITY, 1 MAR 2011 (VIS) - Benedict XVI has promulgated a new "Law concerning citizenship, residency and access" to Vatican City. The document is dated 22 February, Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, and comes into effect today 1 March.

  This new norm replaces the old "Law concerning citizenship and residence" which dated from 1929, the year in which the Lateran Pacts were signed.

  Chapter one of the new law defines who is a citizen of Vatican City State. Chapter two lays down the conditions for residency and the authorisation necessary to reside in the State. Chapter three deals with the authorisation non-citizens and non-residents need in order to access Vatican City State. Chapter four concerns lodgings within the State and the sanctions to be inflicted in case of violation of the norms.

 

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY, 1 MAR 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

  - Accepted the resignation from the archdiocese of Los Angeles, U.S.A., presented by Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney, upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

  - Appointed Bishop Peter Joseph Hundt, auxiliary of Toronto, Canada, as bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador (area 154,258, population 119,000, Catholics 41,800, priests 40, religious 18), Canada.

  - Appointed Bishop Robert Anthony Daniels, auxiliary of London, Canada, as bishop of Grand Falls (area 42,368, population 186,700, Catholics 38,300, priests 30, religious 20), Canada. He succeeds Bishop Martin William Currie, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

   - Appointed Bishop Antoine Vu Huy Chuong of Hung Hoa, Vietnam, as bishop of Da Lat (area 9,764, population 1,205,000, Catholics 326,120, priests 181, religious 1,093), Vietnam.

  - Appointed Bishop Jean Marie Vu Tat, auxiliary of Hung Hoa, Vietnam, as bishop of the same diocese (area 54,352, population 9,963,632, Catholics 222,647, priests 54, religious 191).

  - Appointed Fr. Hikmat Beylouni, "protosincellus" (vicar general) of the apostolic exarchate for Syrian faithful resident in Venezuela, as apostolic exarch of the same exarchate (Catholics 5,000, priests 5, permanent deacons 1). The bishop-elect was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1945 and ordained a priest in 1992. He succeeds Bishop Iwannis Louis Awad, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same apostolic exarchate the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 210 paras. 1 and 2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

 

ACTS CONCERNING THE ORIENTAL CHURCHES

VATICAN CITY, 1 MAR 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father gave his consent to the following canonical elections made by the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Syrian-Catholic Church:

  - Fr. Bouros Moshe, "protosincellus" (vicar general) of the archieparchy of Mossul of the Syrians, Iraq, as archbishop of Mossul of the Syrians (Catholics 35,000, priests 36, religious 55). The archbishop-elect was born in Qaraqosh, Iraq in 1943 and ordained a priest in 1968. He succeeds Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa, who has been transferred to the Syrian-Catholic Patriarchal Curia in accordance with canon 85 paras. 3 and 4 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

  - Fr. Yousif Abba, chancellor of the Syrian-Catholic eparchy of the United States of America and Canada, as archbishop of Baghdad of the Syrians (Catholics 18,000, priests 7) Iraq. The bishop-elect was born in Qaraqosh, Iraq in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1978. He succeeds Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka, who resigned from the pastoral care of the same archieparchy, in accordance with canon 210 paras. 1 and2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

  - Fr. Jihad Battah, "protosincellus" (vicar general) of the archieparchy of Damascus of the Syrians, Syria, as bishop of the Syrian-Catholic Patriarchal Curia. The bishop-elect was born in Damascus in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1991.

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