New Diocese Created in Mexico

Will Serve Some 820,000 Catholics

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Pope Francis has created a new diocese for Mexico, taking territory from the Diocese of Cuatitlan and erecting a new Diocese of Izcalli.

Izcalli will be a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Tlalnepantla.

The first bishop will be Bishop Francisco González Ramos, 55, who was a priest of the Diocese of Irapuato.

The population of the region is close to 1 million, with about 820,000 Catholics. There are about 65 priests and 65 religious serving the diocese.

Bishop-elect González is a native of Pueblo Nuevo, Mexico, and a priest since 1982. He holds a degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

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