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Pope Names Metropolitan Archbishop of Izmir (Turkey)

Also Makes Appointment in Kazakhstan

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Resignation and appointment of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Izmir (Turkey)

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Izmir (Turkey), presented by His Excellency Mons. Lorenzo Piretto, OP.

The Holy Father has appointed the Rev. Father Martin Kmetec OFM Conv., Currently Superior of the Conventual Community of Büyükdere, Istanbul, Metropolitan Archbishop of Izmir.

Curriculum vitae

HE Mons. Martin Kmetec OFM Conv. Was born on 10 November 1956 in Ptuj, Slovenia. He completed his institutional studies of Theology and Philosophy in his religious Province in Slovenia, in which he made his simple profession on September 25, 1977, and the solemn profession on October 4, 1982. He obtained a Doctorate in Theology, with specialization in Dialogue and Religions at the University of Ljubliana. In addition to Slovenian, he speaks Turkish, French, and Italian.

He was ordained a priest on June 29, 1983.

He has held various positions in his Order: Rector of the minor seminary, Missionary in Lebanon, Superior of various Convents. He was also Vicar Custos of the East and Holy Land of the Friars Minor Conventual from 2014 to 2018. From 2011 to 2020 he was in the Convent of St. Mary in Büyükdere, Istanbul, but in the role of Superior only from 2018.


Renunciation and appointment of the Apostolic Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of Atyrau

The Holy Father accepted the resignation presented by Rev.mo Dariusz Buras, apostolic administrator of Atyrau in Kazakhstan, and appointed to the office of Apostolic Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the same ecclesiastical circumscription the Rev.do Sac. Peter Sakmár, of the clergy of the Diocese of Spiš, Slovakia, currently Spiritual Director at the Interdiocesan Seminary in Karaganda.

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