Pope Benedict Appoints Jesuit a Bishop of Bogota, Columbia

Earlier this month, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment Jesuit Father Juan Vicente Cordoba as the new bishop of the Fontibon district in Bogota, Columbia.

Born in Quito, Ecuador in 1951, Fr. Cordoba went on to study philisophy, technology and history at Bogota’s Pontificia Javeriana University, before specializing in clinical psychology at Rome’s Pontificia Gregoriana University.

Cordoba has held numerous academic positions, including rector of San Pedro Claver College in Bucaramanga, and dean of the faculty of medicine at Bogota’s Pontificia Javeriana University.

Cordoba remains secretary general of the Colombian Episcopal Conference as he replaces Enrique Sarmiento as bishop, who the Vatican confirmed handed in his resignation on the grounds of age.

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