Philippine Native Is Named Auxiliary for Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, DEC. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II appointed Father Oscar Azarcon Solis, of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana, as auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.

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The priest has been pastor of the St. Joseph Co-Cathedral parish in Thibodaux, the Vatican press office said in a statement today.

Oscar Azarcon Solis was born in 1953 in San Jose City, Philippines, and was ordained a priest in 1979 for the Diocese of Cabanatuan.

He emigrated to the United States in 1984, and from 1984 to 1988 was assistant parish priest of St. Rocco Parish in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in 1992.

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