Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On November 30, 2017, the Holy Father Francis elevated the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefields to a diocese, and appointed as Bishop of Bluefields H.E. Msgr. Pablo Schimitz Simon, O.F.M. Cap., currently apostolic vicar of the same see.
At the same time, the Pope has approved the creation of the new diocese of Siuna, Nicaragua, and appointed as first bishop of the newly-erected circumscription H.E. Msgr. David Albin Zywiec Sidor, O.F.M. Cap., currently auxiliary of the apostolic vicariate of Bluefields.
The new diocese of Bluefields remains in the South Region, with nine civil districts, and will be a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Managua.
The newly-erected diocese of Siuna (Siunaënsis) is situated in the North Region, at least initially, with eleven civil districts. The see will initially be the parish Church of Siuna. The new diocese will also be a suffragan of the archdiocese of Managua. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 01/12/2017)