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Pope Appoints Bishop of Carpi, Italy

Also Names Military Ordinary for Colombia

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Appointment of bishop of Carpi, Italy, and union in persona Episcopi of the sees of Modena-Nonantola and Carpi

The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Erio Castellucci, metropolitan archbishop of Modena-Nonantola and until now apostolic administrator of Carpi, as bishop of Carpi, Italy, uniting in persona Episcopi the sees of Modena-Nonantola and Carpi.

Curriculum vitae

Bishop-elect Erio Castellucci was born in Forlì on July 8, 1960. He completed his institutional studies for the priesthood at the Pontifical Regional Seminary Flaminio Benedetto XV in Bologna, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in theology (1983). Then as a student at the Pontifical Lombard Seminary of Santi Ambrogio e Carlo in Urbe in Rome, he was awarded a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (1988).

He was ordained a priest on 5 May 1984 for the diocese of Forlì-Bertinoro.

From 1984 to 1986 he served as pastoral collaborator at the parish of San Gregorio Magno alla Magliana, Rome; and from 1984 to 1992 parish priest at San Tommaso Apostolo in Durazzanino. Subsequently, he was diocesan head of youth ministry, vice-rector of the minor seminary, dean of the Theological Faculty of Emilia-Romagna, member of the diocesan presbyteral and pastoral council, diocesan assistant to the AGESCI Scouts, episcopal vicar for culture, universities and schools, family, youth, vocations, and tourism. Finally, in Forlì he was parish priest of San Giovanni Apostolo ed Evangelista, spiritual father in the episcopal seminary, and lecturer at the Sant’Apollinare Higher Institute of Religious Sciences. He is the author of publications and articles dealing with the spirituality of the diocesan priest.

On June 3, 2015, he was appointed as metropolitan archbishop of Modena-Nonantola, and received episcopal consecration the following September 12.

He is a consultor of the Congregation for the Clergy. Within the Italian Episcopal Conference, he is president of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith, Proclamation and Catechesis.

On June 26, 2019, he was appointed as apostolic administrator of Carpi.


Resignation and Appointment of military ordinary for Colombia

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the military ordinary for Colombia, presented by Bishop Fabio Suescún Mutis.

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Victor Manuel Ochoa Cadavid of Cúcuta, Colombia, as military ordinary for Colombia.

Curriculum vitae

Bishop Victor Manuel Ochoa Cadavid was born on 18 October 18, 1962, in Bello, Antioquia, in the archdiocese of Medellín. He carried out his primary studies at the Marco Fidel Suárez School of Bello, and his secondary studies at the Liceo Universidad de Antioquía. He took courses in philosophy and theology at the Universidada Pontificia Bolivariana.

He obtained his licentiate and degree in philosophy at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas “Angelicum” in Rome.

He received priestly ordination on July 5,  1986, and was incardinated in the metropolitan archdiocese of Medellín, on the occasion of the pastoral visit of Saint John Paul II to Colombia.

He has held the following positions: parish vicar of the Shrine of Sabaneta, parish priest of the Jesús Caído parish in Itagüí, assistant secretary of the bursar’s office at the Conciliar Seminary of Medellín, professor and formator at the minor and major Seminary of Medellín; formator at the Conciliar Seminary of Medellín (1990); official at the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (1990-2005) and director of the Domus Internationalis Paul VI Rome (2001-2005).

On January 24, 2006, he was appointed titular bishop of San Leone and auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Medellín, Colombia, and received episcopal ordination on April  1, 2006. On January 24, 2011, he was transferred as bishop to Málaga-Soata, and on June 24, 2015, he became bishop of the diocese of Cúcuta.

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