Pope Makes Appointments in Italy, Spain, and Brazil

Announced January 12 by the Vatican

Appointments in Latin America
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Pope Francis today made appointments in Italy, Spain, and Brazil.  They were announced by the Vatican.

Resignation and appointment of bishop of Volterra, Italy

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Volterra, Italy, presented by Bishop Alberto Silvani.

The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Roberto Campiotti, of the clergy of the metropolitan archdiocese of Milan, until now rector of the Collegio Ecclesiastico Internazionale San Carlo Borromeo in Rome, as bishop of the diocese of Volterra, Italy.

Msgr. Roberto Campiotti was born on 31 October 1955 in Varese. After completing his studies in the Scientific Lyceum in 1974, he entered the Archepiscopal Seminary of Milan and obtained a Baccalaureate in theology from the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy.

On 16 June 1979 he was ordained a priest, and was incardinated in the metropolitan archdiocese of Milan, where he held the following roles: teacher of Catholic religion in the Lower Secondary School (1979-1981) and in the Upper Secondary School (1981-1995); parish vicar of Saints Philip and James in Laveno-Mombello (1979-1990), of San Francesco di Sales in Milan (1990-1992) and San Giulio in Cassano Magnago (1992-1995); parish priest of San Lorenzo (1995-1997) and San Siro-Albusciago in Summa (1995-1997), of San Giovanni Evangelista in Caidate, of San Vincenzo in Menzago and of SS. Pietro e Paolo in Quinzano (2006-2010); head of the Sumirago-Albusciago Pastoral Unit and of the San Benedetto Pastoral Community in Sumirago.

From 2010 to the present, he has served as rector of the Saint Charles Borromeo International Ecclesiastical College in Rome, and Primicerium of the Archconfraternity of Saints Ambrose and Charles of the Lombard Nation.

Appointment of bishop of Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño, Spain

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Santos Montoya Torres, titular of Orta and auxiliary of Madrid, as bishop of Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño, Spain.

Bishop Santos Montoya Torres was born on 22 February 1966 in Solana, diocese of Ciudad Real. He obtained a licentiate in chemical sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1993. In 2012 he obtained a licentiate in theology from the Universidad San Dámaso.

He was ordained a priest in Madrid on 18 June 2000, and has held the following offices: formator (2000-2012), deputy direction (2001-2002) and director of the minor seminary of Madrid (2002-2012), collaborator in the Purísimo Corazón de María (2006-2008) parish and chaplain of the Conceptionist Sisters (2011-2012), parish priest of Beata María Ana de Jesús (2012-2017), archpriest, elected member of the Presbyteral Council (2015-2017) and member of the College of Consultors (2017).

On 29 December 2017 he was appointed as auxiliary bishop of Madrid and consecrated on 17 February 2018. Within the Spanish Episcopal Conference he is a member of the Episcopal Commission of the Clergy (2018-2020), and since 2020, he has been a member of the Commission for the Laity, Family and Life.

Appointment of bishop of Crato, Brazil

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Magnus Henrique Lopes, O.F.M. Cap., as bishop of the diocese of Crato, Brazil, transferring him from the diocese of Salgueiro.

Bishop Magnus Henrique Lopes, O.F.M. Cap., was born on 31 July 1965 in Açu, in the diocese of Mossoró, in the State of Rio Grande do Norte. He entered the Order of Capuchin Franciscans, and gave his religious vows on 6 January 1989. He carried out his studies in philosophy at the Faculdade de Filosofia do Recife and in theology at the Instituto Franciscano de Teologia de Olinda. He obtained a licentiate in psychology at the Centro de Estudos Superiores de Maceió and a licentiate in moral theology from the Pontifical Alphonsianum Academy in Rome.

On 21 December 1996 he was ordained a priest. He has held the following roles: vocational promoter in the Capuchin province of Nossa Senhora da Penha do Nordeste do Brasil (1991-1995), master of Postulants in Maceió (1997-1999), bursar in various provincial Capuchin provinces (1989-1998), parish vicar and conventual vicar of the Capuchin Fraternity of Maceió (1996-2001), provincial definitor (1996-2001) and minister (2001-2007), vice-president of the Conference of Capuchins of Brazil (2001-2007), conventual vicar and bursar of the Santo Antônio Convent in Natal.

On 16 June 2010 he was appointed as first bishop of the new diocese of Salgueiro, and received episcopal ordination the following 17 September.