Vatican City (Fides Service) - The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has (27 February 2004) appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the apostolic Vicariate of Requena (Peru) Reverend Father Juan Tomás Oliver Climent OFM, Minister Provincial of Valencia, Aragon and Baleares (Spain), assigning to him the titular see of Legis di Volumnio.
The new Coadjutor Bishop was born on 22 September 1951 at Carcaixent, in the archdiocese of Valencia. He studied philosophy and theology in a number of places in Spain and in Jerusalem. On 16 August 1972 he made his perpetual vows and he was ordained a priest on 18 August 1975. He has since been: postulant Master (1975-79), novice Master (1979-83); Director of Caspe House (1983-85); novice Master (1985-91); professed Master (1991) Secretary and provincial bursar, Definitor and provincial. Since 2000 he has been Minister of the Spanish province of Valencia, Aragon and Baleares (Spain).
The apostolic Vicariate of Requena (1956) was entrusted to the order of Friars Minor. It is situated in the Amazon region of Peru. It has an area of 80.000 sq. km and a population of 127.000, of whom 111.000 are Catholics, gathered in 8 parishes, assisted by 8 priests (2 diocesan, 6 religious Franciscans), 21 Sisters, 1 major seminarian. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 6/3/2004; Righe 16; Parole 188)