Auxiliary Bishop of Rome

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An Auxiliary Bishop of Rome is an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, fulfilling episcopal duties for the diocese of Rome in lieu of its diocesan bishop (i.e., the pope). Appointees have included Giuseppi Angelini, Ettore Cunial, Fiorenzo Angelini, Clemente Riva and Enzo Dieci. A comparable office is that of the Bishop of Dover as related to the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Church of England.

As of 2016, the busy diocese of Rome has seven auxiliary bishops, as well as two auxiliary bishops emeritus.[1] The most recent appointment to the office was made in November 2015 when Pope Francis presided over the episcopal ordination of Monsignor Angelo De Donatis.[2] Previously the pastor of the parish of Saint Mark the Evangelist in Rome, De Donatis received his elevation in a Mass held in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diocese of Roma: Bishops". Catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Staff writer. "Pope Ordains Auxiliary Bishop for Rome". Zenit.org. Zenit News Agency. Retrieved 27 May 2016.