VATICAN CITY, MAY 2, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Jean-Pierre Kutwa of Gagnoa as Metropolitan Archbishop of Abidjan (area 3,810, population 2,540,000, Catholics 762,000, priests 258, religious 716, permanent deacons 1) in the Ivory Coast. He succeeds Cardinal Bernard Agre, whose resignation from the pastoral care from the same archdiocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
Saturday April 29 was made public that the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Francis Assisi Chullikatt, as apostolic nuncio in Jordan and Iraq, at the same time elevating him to the dignity of archbishop. The archbishop-elect was born in Bolghatty, India in 1953 and was ordained a priest in 1978.
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