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Pope Makes Appointments to Papal Councils

And a New Auxiliary Bishop of Mukachevo of the Latins,

The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Fr. Mykola Petro Luchok, O.P., currently superior of the community of the Order of Preachers in Lviv, as auxiliary bishop of Mukachevo of the Latins, assigning him the titular see of Giru Marcelli.

Bishop-elect Mykola Petro Luchok, O.P., was born on 26 March 1974 in Mukachevo. In 1994 he entered the Order of Preachers, in which he gave his religious vows in 2000. He received his religious formation in the philosophical-theological College of his Order in Krakow, Poland.

He was ordained a priest on 24 June 2003, and carried out his pastoral ministry in Yalta, Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), Chortkiv, Lviv and Khmelnitskyi. Since July 2018 he has been superior of the Order of Preachers in Lviv.

Aside from Ukrainian, he knows Hungarian, Slovakian, Russian, Polish and English.

Appointment of members and consultors of the Pontifical Council for Culture

The Holy Father has appointed the following as members of the Pontifical Council for Culture: His Eminence Cardinal Baltazar Enrique PORRAS CARDOZO, apostolic administrator sede vacante ed ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of Caracas, archbishop of Mérida, Venezuela; His Eminence Cardinal Jozef DE KESEL, archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel, military ordinary for Belgium, president of the Episcopal Conference of Belgium; His Eminence Cardinal Joseph William TOBIN, C.SS.R., archbishop of Newark, United States of America, superior of Turks and Caicos, Great Britain; His Eminence Cardinal Luis Francisco LADARIA FERRER, S.J., prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Archbishop Jose S. PALMA, archbishop of Cebu, Philippines; Archbishop Gerard Tlali LEROTHOLI, O.M.I., archbishop of Maseru, Lesotho; Bishop Marian FLORCZYK, titular of Limata, auxiliary of Kielce, Poland; Bishop Antonino RASPANTI of Acireale, Italy.

The Holy Father has appointed the following as consultors of the Pontifical Council for Culture: Msgr. Tamás TOTH, secretary of the Hungarian Episcopal Conference; Jacques DE LONGEAUX, professor of the Faculty of Theology Notre-Dame de Paris, France; the Reverend Fr. Eric SALOBIR, O.P., lecturer in digital communication at the Catholic University of Paris, France; the Reverend Fr. Paolo BENANTI, T.O.R., lecturer in morality and bioethics at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni, Italy; the Reverend Sr. Dominica DIPIO, M.S.M.M.C., professor of literature at the Makerere University of Kampala, Uganda; the Reverend Sr. Patricia MURRAY, I.B.V.M., secretary of the International Union of Superiors General – U.I.S.G., Ireland; the Reverend Sr. Mariella MASCITELLI, P.D.D.M., architect specializing in architecture and art for the liturgy, Italy; Professor Roberto BATTISTON, lecturer in experimental physics at the University of Trento, Italy; Professor Stefano PALEARI, lecturer in financial systems analysis at the University of Bergamo, extraordinary commissioner of Alitalia, Italy; Ms. Maud de BEAUCHESNE-CASSANET, head of the Department of Religious Art of the Bishops’ Conference of France; Dr. Daniele PASQUINI, national president of the Italian Sports Centre.

Appointment of under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

The Holy Father has appointed as under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue the Reverend Fr. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya, S.X., executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Interreligious and Ecumenical Dialogue of the Regional Episcopal Conference of Taiwan and associate lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies of the Fu Jen Catholic University.

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