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May 27, 2009

Statement of Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia
On the Appointment of Bishop-elect John Barres
Fourth Bishop of Allentown
May 27, 2009

"With great joy I received the news of the appointment by Pope Benedict XVI of Bishop-elect John Barres as the fourth Bishop of Allentown. I warmly welcome Bishop-elect Barres to the Province of Philadelphia, which is composed of the dioceses of the State of Pennsylvania. I am confident that he will be warmly welcomed by the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Allentown as their new shepherd. I assure him of my fraternal solidarity and prayerful support as he prepares for his Ordination as a Bishop on July 30."

Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director

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