Bishop Named for Byzantine-Rite Catholics of Serbia-Montenegro

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VATICAN CITY, AUG. 28, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II has established an apostolic exarchate in Serbia and Montenegro for that country's 22,000 Byzantine-rite Catholics, the Vatican press office reported.



Until now the territory, whose see will be in Ruski Krstur, was under the Eparchy of Krizevci in Croatia.

The Pope appointed Bishop Djura Dzudzar as the first apostolic exarch. He has been Byzantine-rite auxiliary bishop of Mukacheve, in Ukraine.

There are 17 parishes of Byzantine rite in Serbia and Montenegro, served by 16 diocesan priests, two religious priests and 55 women religious.