2 More Auxiliaries Named for Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, APRIL 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The more than 1 million Catholics of the Archdiocese of Quebec have two new auxiliary bishops.

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Benedict XVI appointed today Father Paul Lortie of the archdiocesan clergy, and Father Gerard Lacroix, superior-general of the Pius X Secular Institute, to join the other auxiliary bishop, Gilles Lemay. The three of them assist Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the archbishop.

The Archdiocese of Quebec is served by 766 priests and 90 permanent deacons, as well as 3,719 religious.

Bishop-elect Lortie was born in Beauport in 1944 and ordained a priest in 1970. Bishop-elect Lacroix was born in Saint-Hilaire de Dorset in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1988.

Also today, the Holy Father appointed Father Sebastian Kallupura of the clergy of Patna, India, as bishop of Buxar.

The Diocese of Buxar in northern India has nearly 25,000 Catholics, served by 25 priests and 97 religious.

Sebastian Kallupura was born in Kerala State, India, in 1953 and ordained a priest in 1984.

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