Statement from Bishop Malooly on the announcement that Guatemalan Bishop Ramazzini will be elevated to the College of Cardinals.

September 3, 2019 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, has released the following statement upon learning that Bishop Alvaro L. Ramazzini Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenamgo, Guatemala, would be elevated to the College of Cardinals. Bishop Ramazinni was the Bishop of San Marcos, Guatemala when the Diocese of Wilmington and the Diocese of San Marcos began a Solidarity Partnership in 2003.

“I join our brothers and sisters from San Marcos, Guatemala in expressing my joy and congratulations to Cardinal-designate Alvaro Ramazzini Imeri on the announcement that Pope Francis will elevate Bishop Ramazzini to the College of Cardinals next month. Bishop Ramazzini visited the Diocese of Wilmington many times when he was Bishop of San Marcos, and was instrumental in forging a friendship with the people of our diocese that led to a strong, enduring Solidarity Partnership between our two dioceses. Bishop Ramazzini is a tireless worker for the rights of the poor and oppressed, and this is a very well-deserved honor.”

This official partnership that began in 2003, was the formalization of a relationship that had existed between the two dioceses for quite a while.   Over the years, Bishop Ramazzini had traveled to Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore to visit the people of his diocese working here. Subsequently, the late Bishop Michael Saltarelli, then Bishop of Wilmington, visited San Marcos to experience for himself the home of so many of the Guatemalan immigrants now in the area. Numerous delegations from the Diocese of Wilmington have traveled to San Marcos, and from San Marcos to Wilmington.

Bishop Ramazzini left San Marcos in 2012 when Pope Benedict XVI named him as Bishop of Huehuetenango.

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. More information is available at

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