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Resignation and appointment of bishop of Pasto, Colombia

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Pasto, Colombia, presented by Bishop Julio Enrique Prado Bolaños.

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of Pasto, Colombia, Bishop Juan Carlos Cárdenas Toro, until now titular of Nova and auxiliary of the archdiocese of Cali, Colombia.

Curriculum vitae

Bishop Juan Carlos Cárdenas Toro was born in Cartago on 31 May 1968.

He completed his philosophical studies at the Christ the Priest national major seminary of La Ceja, and his theological studies at the major seminary of Cartago. He obtained his licentiate in philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome.

He received priestly ordination on September 6, 1997, and was incardinated in the diocese of Cartago.

As a priest, he held out the following roles: parish vicar of the parish of Perpetual Socorro, diocesan delegate for family pastoral care, professor and spiritual director in the minor seminary of Cartago, parish priest of the Epifanía del Señor parish, rector of the Shrine of the Divine Ecce Homo in Ricaurte, formator, bursar and spiritual director of the major seminary of Cartago, diocesan delegate for social communications, diocesan councilor for the Cursillos de Cristiandad, parish priest of the Parish of San Nicolás de Tolentino, diocesan delegate for new evangelization, director of social and community development of the Corporación diocesana pro comunidad cristiana of Cartago, sub director of the National Secretariat for Social Pastoral Care and coordinator of the Pastoral Centre for Social Evangelisation of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference and deputy secretary of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference.

On June 26, 2015, he was appointed titular bishop of Nova and auxiliary of the archdiocese of Cali, Colombia. He received episcopal consecration the following 25 July. On 15 May 2019 he was elected secretary-general of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM).

Appointment of president of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See

The Holy Father has appointed as president of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See the Reverend Msgr Alejandro W. Bunge, prelate auditor of the tribunal of the Roman Rota.

Curriculum vitae

The Reverend Msgr Alejandro W. Bunge was born on November 21, 1951, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received priestly ordination on December 23, 1978, for the diocese of San Isidro. He obtained a licentiate in theology from the Argentine Catholic University (UCA) and a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was ordinary professor and dean of the Faculty of Canon Law of the UCA (1996-2013), and also professor in various seminaries. Among other offices, he held those of president and judicial vicar of the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Buenos Aires, president of the Sociedad Argentina de Derecho Canónico, and parish priest. On April 17, 2013, His Holiness Francis appointed him as prelate auditor of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. He is the author of numerous publications.

Appointment of director of the Labor Office of the Apostolic See

The Holy Father has appointed Professor Pasquale Passalacqua, professor of labor law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, as director of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See.

Curriculum vitae

Professor Pasquale Passalacqua was born on 15 July 1968 in Naples, Italy. He graduated in law from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and holds a Ph.D. in trade union and labor law. He is professor of labor law at the Pontifical Lateran University in the Faculty of Civil Law and full professor of labour law at the Department of Economics and Law of the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio. He has published several researches on the following topics: collective bargaining, self-employment and associated work, flexible and atypical work, safety at work, occupational accidents and diseases, the work process and others. He is a member of the Italian Association of Labour Law and Social Security (AIDLASS).

Appointment of office head in the Congregation of the Oriental Churches

The Holy Father has appointed as office head in the Congregation of the Oriental Churches the Reverend Msgr Giulio Sembeni, until now official of the Secretariat of State, Section for General Affairs.

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