VATICAN CITY, MAR 9, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:
- Bishop Jose Maria Pinheiro, auxiliary of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as bishop of Braganca Paulista (area 4,400, population 1,000,000, Catholics 750,000 priests 74, permanent deacons 1, religious 177), Brazil.
- Fr. Tome Ferreira da Silva of the clergy of Campanha, Brazil, pastor of the parish of the Holy Family and diocesan assessor for liturgical pastoral ministry, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Sao Paulo (area 1,645, population 8,950,800, Catholics 6,713,100, priests 838, permanent deacons 3, religious 3,240), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Cristina, Brazil, in 1961 and ordained a priest in 1987.
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