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Vatican Appoints Felipe Arizmendi To Succeed Samuel Ruiz As Bishop Of San Cristobal De Las Casas In Chiapas State

LADB Article ID: 53923
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2000-04-12
By: LADB Staff

In late March, the Vatican appointed Bishop Felipe Arizmendi to head the embattled Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas state. Arizmendi, who has headed the Diocese of Tapachula in the southeastern coastal region of Chiapas for nine years, will succeed Bishop Samuel Ruiz, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 (see SourceMex, 1999-12-01). Arizmendi, considered a moderate, has criticized the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional (EZLN) for choosing to continue an armed rebellion. But he has also spoken out against the government and church authorities for their attempts to discredit Ruiz. In an interview shortly after his appointment, Arizmendi pledged to continue the work begun by his predecessors Ruiz and Coadjutor Bishop Raul Vera.

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