By ZENIT Staff

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Tulio Luis Ramírez Padilla as bishop of Guarenas, Venezuela, until now titular bishop of Ausuccura and auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Caracas, reports today, 11 of December 2020, the Press Office of the Holy See.

Previously, the Holy Father accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Diocese of Guarenas presented by Bishop Gustavo García Naranjo due to age. The Venezuelan prelate is 76 years old and the canonical age to request it from the Pontiff is 75.

According to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, by order of the Holy See, Mgr. García Naranjo will remain in the pastoral government of the Diocese of Guarenas as the vacant Apostolic Administrator until the new bishop takes office.

Mons. Tulio Luis Ramírez Padilla was born in Caracas on February 28, 1960. He completed his ecclesiastical studies of philosophy at the Interdiocesan Major Seminary of Caracas and his theological studies at the San Ildefonso Major Seminary of Toledo (Spain).

He has a degree in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest on August 5, 1984, for the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Valencia in Venezuela.

He has held the following positions: vice-parish priest of San Agustín in Guacara, parish priest of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Miranda, parish priest of San Diego de Alcalá in San Diego, parish priest of Nuestra Señora de Begoña in Naguanagua, professor of the Major Seminary, judge of the Ecclesiastical Court Archdiocesan, parish priest of San Agustín in Guacara, vicar general of the metropolitan archdiocese of Valencia in Venezuela and moderator of the Curia.

On April 4, 2012, he was appointed titular bishop of Auxuccura and auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Caracas and received episcopal ordination on the following July 8.

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