OCEANIA/NEW ZEALAND - The Pope accepts resignation of Military Ordinary and appoints successor

Friday, 1 April 2005

Vatican City (Fides Service) - The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II on 4 March 2005 accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Military Ordinate of New Zealand presented by Cardinal Thomas Stafford Williams, Emeritus Archbishop of Wellington, and appointed Military Ordinate of New Zealand Mgr John Atcherly Dew, Archbishop of Wellington (Nuova Zealand). (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 1/4/2005)