Several Papal Appointments Announced

New Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul: Bishop Peter Chung Soon-Taick, O.C.D.

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Bishop Peter Chung Soon-Taick, O.C.D. - Photo, Diocese Seoul

Several papal appointments were announced today by the Vatican.

Resignation and appointment of metropolitan archbishop of Seoul, Korea

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the metropolitan archdiocese of Seoul, Korea, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, and has appointed as metropolitan archbishop of Seoul Bishop Peter Chung Soon-Taick, O.C.D., titular of Tamazuca and auxiliary of the same metropolitan see. The new archbishop is a member of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites. He is widely recognized for his work with youth.

Appointment of metropolitan archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya

The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Philip A. Anyolo, metropolitan of Kisumu, as metropolitan archbishop of the archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya.

Appointment of military ordinary for Chile

The Holy Father has appointed as Bishop Pedro Mario Ossandón Buljevic as military ordinary for Chile, transferring him from the titular see of La Imperial and from the office of auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Santiago de Chile.

Bishop Pedro Mario Ossandón Buljevic was born on 16 October 1957 in Santiago de Chile. He carried out his higher studies at the Colegio Seminario Pontificio Menor of Santiago and his studies in philosophy and theology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

On 20 December 1986, he was ordained a priest and incardinated in the metropolitan archdiocese of Santiago where he carried out the ministry of parish vicar and parish priest in various parishes until 2006. From 2001 to 2006 he held a number of posts within the Chilean Episcopal Conference: assistant secretary for pastoral care, director of the National Clergy Commission, and member of the Pastoral Commission for Evangelisation. From 2006 to 2008 he was episcopal vicar for the northern area of the archdiocese of Santiago and professor at the Pastoral Theological Institute for Latin America (ITEPAL) based in Bogotá.

On 4 November 2008, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Concepción and consecrated on the following 12 December. On 10 July 2012, he was appointed titular bishop of La Imperial and auxiliary bishop of Santiago de Chile.

From June 2018 to June 2021 he served as apostolic administrator of Valparaíso.

Appointment of auxiliary bishops of the metropolitan archdiocese of Luanda, Angola

The Holy Father has appointed the following as auxiliary bishops of the metropolitan archdiocese of Luanda, Angola: the Reverend Msgr. António Lungieki Pedro Bengui, of the clergy of Luanda, until now vicar general of the same archdiocese, assigning him the titular see of Elephantaria in Proconsulari; the Reverend Msgr. Fernando Francisco, of the clergy of Sumbe, until now vicar general and parish priest of Sumbe Cathedral, assigning him the titular see of Medianas Zabuniorum.

Msgr. António Lungieki Pedro Bengui was born on 12 December 1973 in Damba, Uíje Province. He received his propaedeutic, philosophical and theological formation at the archdiocesan seminary Sagrado Coração de Jesus in Luanda, from 1990 to 2000.

He was ordained a priest on 28 October 2001 and incardinated in the metropolitan archdiocese of Luanda.

After priestly ordination, he first served as parish priest of Luanda Cathedral (2002-2004). He was awarded a licentiate and doctorate in civil and canon law, at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (2004-2009); chancellor of the Curia (2009-2019), lecturer in canon law at the major seminary of Luanda, and in the philosophy of law and legal ethics at the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN); parish vicar of San Marco, Morro Bento (2010-2018); jurisconsult for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and for legal-social matters (since 2010); judicial vicar and moderator of the Curia of Luanda (since 2013); parish vicar of Santa Cruz na Madeira (2013-2017); representative of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé during the public sessions of the Angolan Parliament (since 2014); vicar general; member of the Faith and Culture Centre and the Ethics Committee of Research on Human Beings of UCAN; member of the Portuguese Association of Canon Lawyers (APC); and member of the Angolan Group of Canonists (from 2019 to date).

Msgr. Fernando Francisco was born on 10 May 1960 in Lengue do Galo, Kwanza-Sul Province. In 1980 he began his propaedeutic course, then went on to study philosophy at the local major seminary (1982-1984). From 1984 to 1988, he studied theology at the major seminary of Huambo. In 1990 he moved to the Seminário dos Olivais, in Lisbon, Portugal. At the end of 1990, he returned to Angola and was ordained a priest on 15 August 1992.

Since ordination, he has carried out the following tasks: lecturer in the Propedeutic Seminary, bursar of the diocese and chaplain of the Novitiate of the Sisters of Guadalupe in Sumbe (1992-1993); doctorate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome (1993-2002); prefect of studies and lecturer at the major seminary and at the Catholic University of Luanda (2002-2012); parish vicar (2012-2013) and from 2013 until the present, vicar general of the diocese, parish priest of the Cathedral of Sumbe and coordinator of the Commission of Evangelisation and Catechesis.