Vatican City, 21 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Hamburg, Germany, presented by Archbishop Werner Thissen, upon having reached the age limit.

- appointed Bishop Malcolm Patrick McMahon, O.P. of Nottingham, England as metropolitan archbishop of Liverpool (area 1,165, population 1,135,000, Catholics 513,000, priests 328, permanent deacons 106, religious 543), England.

- appointed Bishop Giovanni D' Alise of Ariano Irpino-Lacedonia, Italy as bishop of Caserta (area 185, population 213,200, Catholics 202,200, priests 118, permanent deacons 44, religious 169), Italy.

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