Coadjutor Named for Shrewsbury Diocese

Vacancy Filled in Jashpur, India

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SHREWSBURY, England, DEC. 23, 2009 ( On Tuesday, Benedict XVI appointed Monsignor Mark Davies from the Diocese of Salford, England, as coadjutor of the Shrewsbury Diocese.

Bishop-elect Davies, 50, will be ordained on Feb. 22, and will be in place to succeed the current head of the diocese, Bishop Brian Noble, 59, upon his retirement.

The bishop-elect stated, «I look forward to getting to know the clergy, religious and people of the diocese, and am most grateful to the Holy Father for his confidence in appointing me to this service.»

Born in Manchester, England, Mark Davies was ordained a priest in 1984. 

The Diocese of Shrewsbury has some 222,000 Catholics served by 152 priests, 45 permanent deacons and 189 religious.


Also on Tuesday, the Pope named Monsignor Emmanuel Kerketta, 57, the diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Jashpur, India, as bishop of that same city.

The diocese has been without a leader since Bishop Victor Kindo died at the age of 61 in June 2008.

The Jashpur Diocese has some 188,820 Catholics, with 170 priests and 343 religious.

Other appointments

A Vatican communiqué announced Tuesday that the Holy Father named two members to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes: Archbishop Edmond Farhat, 75, retired apostolic nuncio to Austria, and Bishop Raffaello Martinelli, 61, bishop of Frascati, Italy.

Benedict XVI also named several consultors to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

These include Monsignor Ermenegildo Manicardi, rector of Rome’s Almo Collegio Capranica, Salesian Father Markus Graulich of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, Father Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, vice rector of Rome’s Pontifical Urban University, and Jesuit Father Paul Bere, professor at the Institut de Theologie de la Compagnie de Jesus and the Universite Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and at the Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya.

Other newly appointed consultors are: Benedictine Father Juan Javier Flores Arcas, rector of Rome’s St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum, Capuchin Father Paolo Martinelli, president of the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality at the Antonianum Pontifical Athenaeum in Rome and professor at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, and Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir, professor at St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon.

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