Palma.—The former Bishop of Majorca, Jesús Murgui is being replaced by Monseigneur Javier Salinas Viñals, the Pope's Ambassador in Spain confirmed yesterday.

Murgui has since gone to take up a position in Orihuela in Alicante after the previous bishop there retired.
The Ambassador's office said that the appointment of Salinas as Bishop of Majorca has come after his holding the position of Bishop of Tortosa since 1997.

Although the bells of Palma Cathedral were ringing out the good news yesterday, Salinas, born in Valencia in 1948, has not as yet officially taken up office.

Salinas took ecclesiastical studies in Valencia and was ordained as a priest in 1974. He also holds a Doctorate in Catechism form the Papal University of Salesiana in Rome which Salinas attended from 1979 to 1982.

The new Bishop of Majorca's first ministry was at the Parish Church of San Jaime in Moncada in Valencia. Since then he has been promoted to a number of senior positions in Catholic church organisations.

He was appointed Bishop of Ibiza in May 1992 and then moved to Tortosa in September 1997. He was Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Lleida from 2007 to 2008.

It was in July this year when former Bishop of Majorca Jesús Murgui announced his resignation from the diocese to go to Alicante. When considering the appointment of a new bishop for Majorca, the Episcopal Conference said that as Murgui had originally been from Valencia, it was “fitting” that his successor should have a similar background.