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Wednesday, July 21, 2010


VATICAN CITY, 21 JUL 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father erected the new diocese of Karonga (area 14,000, population 400,000, Catholics 61,000, priests 15, religious 45) Malawi, with territory taken from the diocese of Mzuzu, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Blantyre. He appointed Fr. Martin Anwel Mtumbuka of the clergy of Mzuzu, vice chancellor of the Catholic University of Malawi, as first bishop of the new diocese. The bishop-elect was born in Majimbula Village, Malawi in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1988.
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VATICAN CITY, 21 JUL 2010 (VIS) - The following prelates died in recent weeks:

 - Bishop Francisco F. Claver S.J., emeritus of Malaybaly, Philippines, on 1 July at the age of 81.

 - Bishop Clement Guillon C.I.M., emeritus of Quimper, France, on 9 July at the age of 78.

 - Bishop Stanisalus Tobias Magombo, auxiliary of Lilongwe, Malawi, on 6 July at the age of 42.

 - Bishop Bernardino Rivera Alvarez, former auxiliary of Potosi, Bolivia, on 11 July at the age of 85.
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