Vatican City, 11 July 2013 (VIS) – Today, the Holy Father: - appointed Archbishop Leo Boccardi as apostolic nuncio to Iran. Archbishop Boccardi was previously apostolic nuncio to Sudan and Eritrea.
- appointed Fr. Miguel Angel Cabello Almada, of the clergy of Caacupe, Paraguay, as bishop of Conception (area 30,984, population 406,000, Catholics 399,000, priests 34, religious 66), Paraguay. The bishop-elect was born in Piribebuy, Paraguay in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1991. He obtained a licentiate and doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including head of the sanctuary “Dulce Nombre de Jesus” in Piribebuy, formator of the national minor seminary of Villarrica, vicar of the parish of Tobati, professor in the Higher Institute of Theology, Asuncion, vicar of the parish of “Primaro de marzo”, Caacupe, and spiritual director of the national minor seminary in Caacupe. He succeeds Bishop Zacarias Ortiz Rolon, S.D.B., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- appointed Bishop Jan Orosch as archbishop of Trnava (area 4,833, population 52,070, Catholics 51,915, priests 63, permanent deacons 1, religious 38), Slovakia. Bishop Orosch, previously apostolic administrator sede vacante of Trnava, was born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1953, was ordained to the priesthood in 1976, and received episcopal ordination in 2004.