Archbishop for Perth; Auxiliary for Houston

ROME, FEB. 21, 2012 ( Benedict XVI has appointed an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne as the archbishop of Perth, Australia.

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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, 58, succeeds Archbishop Barry James Hickey, who resigned for reasons of age.

The Archdiocese of Perth has a population nearly 1.7 million, with some 415,000 Catholics. They are served by about 265 priests and more than 600 religious.

And in Houston, Texas, a member of the local archdiocesan clergy has been named auxiliary bishop.

Bishop-designate George Sheltz, 65, will assist Cardinal Daniel DiNardo in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which has some 1.2 million Catholics in a population of nearly 6 million.

They are served by about 430 priests and more than 350 permanent deacons, as well as more than 680 religious.

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