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[Mons. Fernando Valera is already bishop of Zamora (12/12/2020)

| The Diocese of Zamora is now pastored by Bishop Fernando Valera S nchez, priest of the Diocese of Cartagena, a native of Bullas | Bishop Fernando Valera S nchez is already bishop of the Diocese of Zamora.

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the celebration of his episcopal ordination ended in the cathedral of Zamora, which was attended by 250 people and which has been followed in the Diocese of Cartagena and in the rest of Spain through s de Popular Televisi n and TRECE. Before the start of the Eucharistic celebration, Bishop Valera has entered the cathedral temple through its main door, where he has made a seasonal entrance, kissing the cross and sprinkling those present.

Afterwards, he went to the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament to pray.

He has also done it at the tomb of Mons.

Gregorio Mart nez Sacrist n, his predecessor as bishop of Zamora, who is buried in the retrochoir of the cathedral.

Subsequently, the celebration of the Eucharist began, presided over by the nuncio of His Holiness in Spain and main ordinator, Bishop Bernardito Auza, and as main concelebrants the Archbishop of Valladolid, Cardinal Ricardo Bl zquez, and the Bishop from Cartagena, Mons.

Jos Manuel Lorca.

Fifteen more bishops have also participated. The diocesan administrator, José Francisco Mat as, has welcomed to the Diocese of Zamora his new bishop and has also asked His Holiness's nuncio in Spain to ordain Bishop Fernando as a bishop Valera, at which time Bishop Auza ordered the papal bull of the appointment to be read. In his homily, the nuncio highlighted the work of the bishop at the head of a diocese: `` The gift of the episcopate manifests the love of Jesus.

'' He has made reference to the Gospel reading in which Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him: `` The Lord asked him to express whether he was really willing to serve ''; emphasizing, in addition, that the profession of shepherding is `` an exercise of love ''.

Bishop Auza has expressed his joy at being able to be the one to transmit the message of Pope Francis and to ordain Bishop Valera.

He has asked the diocesans of Zamora to be united to their bishop, as Christ is to his Church. The celebration has continued with the rite of ordination.

In the first place with the promise of the chosen one and the litany of the saints in which, while singing, the chosen one, as a sign of humility, prostrates himself on the ground.

The main rite of ordination is the laying on of hands.

After Msgr.

Auza, Cardinal Bl zquez and Msgr.

Lorca did so, all the bishops have laid their hands on the ordinance, which is the gesture par excellence with which the liturgy invokes the Holy Spirit on a person .

Afterwards, the main celebrant has anointed the head of the chosen one with the Holy Chrism and has given him the book of the Gospels and the Episcopal signs: the ring, the miter and the staff.

After the embrace of the bishops, as a welcome within the episcopate, Mgr.

Fernando Valera, as bishop of Zamora, has taken possession of his chair in the cathedral,going on to preside over the rest of the Eucharistic celebration. After communion, the new bishop toured the cathedral temple, blessing the faithful, accompanied by Archbishop Emeritus of Burgos, Mons.

Francisco Gil Hell n, and Auxiliary Bishop of Cartagena, Mons.

Sebasti n Chico Martinez. Before ending the celebration, the Bishop of Zamora addressed those present.

With moving words, Bishop Valera thanked God for his new episcopal ministry and for his faith: Thanks to the good Lord who has given me Jesus, who today again - without any merit - has infused me with his Spirit through the laying on of hands and consecrative prayer, on this Pentecost of his grace.

Today he confirms again that I am from Jesus.

My life belongs to him.

He tells me again: "Stay in my love" . The new bishop thanked the Pope for choosing him as pastor of Zamora; a gratitude extended to the nuncio of His Holiness and to the cardinal, archbishops and bishops present at the celebration.

Archbishop Valera has remembered his parents and siblings, his family and also his family in faith.

He also had emotional words for the Diocese of Cartagena, for its presbytery –personified in the person of the priest Juan Carlos García Domene– and for the San Fulgencio and San José seminaries –in the figure of the priest.

Jes s S nchez–, with whom he has shared the last decade as spiritual director.

You will always be at the root of my life.

In this cross, this staff and in this ring, which remind me of who I am and to whom I belong, indicated the Bishop. Words of welcome and thanks to the Diocese of Zamora, which welcomes him as pastor: This Diocese of Zamora is from today my new home, my home, my wife.

The one that God has cared for for centuries to marry me today.

The director of the ordination exercises told me: "Fernando, make your wife fall in love, go out into the desert and speak to her heart." My wife, my love! By grace I come to walk with you, to know you, to learn to be a bishop, to work synodally and to serve you from the heart. In his gratitude he also had words for those who followed the celebration through television, especially for the sick, remembering that God always invites the Church to be close to those who suffer the most.

, to serve and love the crucified of history .

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Source: Obispado de Cartagena

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