July 10, 2017

Positivity: Colombian-born bishop to head Raleigh diocese

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Jul 5, 2017 / 07:54 am

On Wednesday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama Pasqualetto, a native of Colombia, as the next bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh.

Currently an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Bishop Zarama, 58, will replace Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, who was transferred to the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia in October of last year and installed on Dec. 6, 2016.

In a statement on the appointment of Bishop Zarama, announced July 5, Bishop Burbidge said he gives thanks to God for the appointment.

“I am proud to call him a brother bishop and good friend. Bishop Zarama is a holy, faithful and joyful bishop known and respected for his pastoral skills, administrative abilities, zeal and kindness.”

“I have assured Bishop Zarama that he will be truly blessed with the support of such good priests, consecrated religious, deacons, seminarians, colleagues and lay faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh.”

“I promised Bishop Zarama that he and the Diocese of Raleigh will remain in my daily prayers at this joyful and historic moment and always,” he concluded.

The Archbishop of Atlanta, Wilton D. Gregory, said in a statement July 5 that the Pope’s appointment is also an honor for Atlanta.

“How fortunate that the local Church is to receive such a devoted and generous servant minister,” he said. “The Holy Father has chosen well even though his decision takes a deeply beloved brother and friend from our midst.”

Bishop Zarama was born in Pasto, Colombia on Nov. 28, 1958. He graduated from the Marian University in Pasto with a degree in philosophy and theology. He also attended the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, receiving a degree in Canon Law in 1991.

He was a philosophy and theology professor at the Carmelite School, the Learning School and the Colombia Military School for 11 years. …

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