Bishop in Limón named to be archbishop in capital

San José has a new archbishop, Monsignor José Rafael Quirós Quirós, who is now the bishop of Limón.

The appointment came from Pope Frances and was greeted warmly by Casa Presidencial.

He takes over from Hugo Barrantes, who at 77 is relinquishing his duties of heading the archdiocese.  Quirós, who was born in Llano Grande, province of Cartago, is 58, so he is likely to be in the position for some years.

The Catholic Church here is facing challenges similar to those around the world.  In addition, some Costa Ricans are claiming that they have benefited from miracles attributed to the intercession of Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005.

To be elevated to sainthood in the Catholic Church requires the proof of two miracles.  Quirós is an educated man who did advanced studies in Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1981 in San José. Among other achievements he holds an advanced degree in canon law.

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