A handful of bishops’ appointments were announced today by the Vatican.
Fr. John Bosco Chang Shin-Ho was named auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Daegu, Korea.
He is the only auxiliary assisting Archbishop Thaddeus Cho Hwan-Kil.
Born in Daegu, Korea, in 1966 and ordained a priest in 1998, the bishop-elect holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum in Rome, and a licentiate and doctorate in liturgy from the St. Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome. He has served in a number of roles, including parish vicar and lecturer in the major seminary of Daegu. He is currently executive secretary of the liturgical committee of the Korean Episcopal Conference.
The Archdiocese of Daegu has a population of more than 4.5 million, but with less than a half million Catholics. They are served by around 500 priests and 1,500 religious. According to a 2010 survey, Korea is about 32% Christian, and 24% Buddhist, with close to half of the population (43%) professing no religion.
Msgr. Josè Elmer Imas Mangalinao was named auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Philippines.
He is the only auxiliary assisting Archbishop Socrates Buenaventura Villegas.
Born in Cabiao, Philippines, in 1960 and ordained a priest in 1985, the bishop-elect holds a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and has served in a number of roles including spiritual director of the Maria Assunta Seminary in Cabanatuan City, parish vicar, episcopal vicar for pastoral planning, parish priest, and member of the College of Consultors. He is currently vicar general and head of the College of the Immaculate Conception in Cabanatuan City.
The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has a population of some 1.37 million and virtually all of the population is Catholic. They are served by just over 100 priests and about the same number of religious.
Msgr. Edward M. Deliman was named auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He joins three other auxiliaries in assisting Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Born in 1947 in Lorain, Ohio, and ordained a priest in 1973, the bishop-elect has served in a number of roles including pastor of several parishes in Philadelphia, and associate director of the archdiocesan office of youth pastoral ministry, defender of the bond at the Metropolitan Tribunal of Philadelphia, spiritual director of the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, mentor of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Leadership Institute, coordinator of priestly vocations for the county of Chester in Pennsylvania, member of the Diocesan Priest Continuing Formation Committee, and member of the presbyteral council. He was named Prelate of Honour of His Holiness in 1991. He is currently pastor of the St. Charles Borromeo parish.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has a population of more than 4 million, with about 1.5 million Catholics. They are served by some 780 priests and more than 3,000 religious, as well as around 285 permanent deacons.
On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Paul Horan, O. Carm., as bishop of Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Born in Drangan, Ireland, in 1962, he gave his religious vows in 1995 and was ordained a priest in 1997. He holds a Master of Arts in spiritual theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and transferred to Zimbabwe as a missionary in 2001, where he has served in a number of roles including director of postulants and subsequently director of novices of the Carmelite Fathers in Rusape, Mutare. He is currently director of the Kriste Mambo Catholic school in Rusape. He succeeds Bishop Alexio Churu Muchabaiwa, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
The Diocese of Mutare has a population of some 2.2 million but with only some 227,000 Catholics. They are served by about 60 priests and 170 religious. Zimbabwe is about 80% Protestant.
Finally, Bishop Vitaliy Skomarovskyi of Lutsk, Ukraine, was named apostolic administrator “sede vacante” of the Diocese of Kyiv-Zhytomyr, Ukraine.