Pope appoints cardinal’s secretary as Philadelphia auxiliary

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. John J. McIntyre, secretary to Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, as an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia.

The pope accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Robert P. Maginnis, who has been a Philadelphia auxiliary since 1996. The changes were announced in Washington June 8 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, papal nuncio to the United States.

Pope Benedict also named Capuchin Father William Fey, a native of Pittsburgh, to be bishop of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. Bishop-designate Fey, 67, has been superior of the Capuchins in Papua New Guinea since 2007 and is secretary of the Commission for Ecumenism of the bishops’ conference there. He has been in the country since 1987. His appointment was announced at the Vatican the same day.

Bishop Maginnis, who is 76 and was ordained a bishop in 1996 by Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, the now-retired archbishop of Philadelphia, was required by church law to submit his resignation last year at 75. He said he will remain active in ministry, especially presiding at parish confirmations as needed, and “continuing to work in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in any capacity that Cardinal Rigali would wish me to be involved.”

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