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Successor Named Cardinal Biffi in Bologna

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 16, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II named Archbishop Carlo Caffarra of Ferrara-Comacchio, Italy, to succeed Cardinal Giacomo Biffi as head of the Archdiocese of Bologna.

Carlo Caffarra was born in 1938. In 1980 he founded the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, with headquarters in Rome, and opened branches in the United States, Spain and Mexico.

Cardinal Biffi, 75, recently presented his resignation for reasons of age. He leaves Bologna after almost 20 years of service. He is the author of numerous well-known publications of a theological and catechetical character.

The Bologna Diocese has close to 1 million faithful, 416 parishes, 444 diocesan priests, 299 religious priests, 76 permanent deacons, 34 seminarians, 398 men religious, 1,023 women religious, 130 educational institutions and 50 charitable institutions.

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