Vatican Announces Several Papal Appointments

Including Bishop Iosif Staneuski as Metropolitan Archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev

Vatican Announces Several Papal Appointments
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The Vatican on September 14, 2021, announced several Papal appointments, including Bishop Iosif Staneuski as metropolitan archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev, transferring him from the titular see of Tabaicara and the office of auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Grodno.

Curriculum vitae

Bishop Iosif Staneuski was born on 4 April 1969 in the territory of the present-day diocese of Grodno. On 17 June 1995, he was ordained a priest for the same diocese, where he later served as deputy parish priest of Saint Vaclav in Vaukavysk. In 1999 he was awarded a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of Lublin.

He subsequently held the following offices: lecturer, prefect, and later rector of the major seminary in Grodno, judge and auxiliary vicar of the Inter-Diocesan Court of First Instance. From 2007-2013 he was responsible for the pastoral formation of young priests in the Diocese of Grodno.


On 29 November 2013, he was appointed titular bishop of Tabaicara and auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Grodno.

On 14 April 2021, he was elected, for the second time, secretary-general of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Belarus.

Appointment of vicar apostolic of Istanbul and apostolic administrator of the exarchate for faithful of Byzantine rite resident in Turkey

The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Massimiliano Palinuro, fidei donum priest of the diocese of Ariano Irpino-Lacedonia and parish priest in Trabzon, Turkey, as vicar apostolic of Istanbul and apostolic administrator of the exarchate for faithful of Byzantine rite in Turkey.

Curriculum vitae

Msgr. Massimiliano Palinuro was born in Ariano Irpino on 10 June 1974. In 1993 he entered the Cardinal Alessio Ascalesi Archiepiscopal Seminary in Naples, and in 1998 he was ordained a deacon and sent to Rome to the Pontifical Biblical Institute, where he obtained a licentiate in sacred Scripture.

He was ordained a priest on 24 April 1999 for the diocese of Ariano Irpino-Lacedonia and appointed parish vicar of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Ariano.

Since 2000 he has been parish priest of SS. Annunziata in San Nicola Baronia.

After obtaining a doctorate in Biblical theology at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy, he has served as a lecturer in New Testament studies, in charge of New Testament Greek philology at the same university since 2004.

For nine years he has been a fidei donum priest in Turkey, first in the metropolitan archdiocese of Izmir and more recently in the apostolic vicariate of Anatolia as parish priest in Trabzon.

In addition to Italian, he speaks Turkish and English.

Appointment of president of the Pontifical Roman Academy of Archaeology

The Holy Father has appointed the distinguished Dr Maurizio Sannibale, curator of the Department of Archaeology of the Directorate of Museums and Cultural Heritage of the Governorate of Vatican City State, as president of the Pontifical Roman Academy of Archaeology.

Appointment of ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Fr. Albino Barrera, O.P., professor of moral theology at Providence College in Rhode Island, United States of America, as an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Curriculum vitae

The Reverend Fr. Albino Barrera, O.P., was born on 3 January 1956 in Manila, Philippines, where he studied at De La Salle University. He holds a doctorate in economics from Yale University in New Haven and a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, United States of America. He is a member of the Order of Preachers and was ordained a priest in 1993. He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of moral theology, economic ethics, development, and international trade. In 2015, he was awarded the title of Master in sacred theology by the Minister General of his Order. He currently teaches moral theology at Providence College in Rhode Island, United States of America.

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