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Brazilian bishop-elect declines appointment to care for ailing mother

CWN - June 13, 2011

A Brazilian priest who was named an auxiliary bishop has declined the appointment in order to care for his mother.

On May 4, Pope Benedict XVI named Father José Aparecido Hergesse to be an auxiliary bishop of the Vitoria archdiocese. But less than two weeks later the bishop-elect’s mother suffered a severe stroke. The mother, a widow, now requires constant care. After consulting with the apostolic nuncio, Father Hergesse announced that he would decline the episcopal appointment. His ordination, scheduled for September, has been cancelled.

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