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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Vatican City, 25 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:

- appointed Fr. Aurelio Pesoa Ribera, O.F.M. and Fr. Jorge Angel Saldias Pedraza, O. P., as auxiliaries of the archdiocese of La Paz (area 10, 975, population 1,031,525, Catholics 825,220, priests 161, permanent deacons 1, religious 472), Bolivia.

Fr. Pesoa Ribera was born in Concepcion, Bolivia in 1962, gave his solemn vows in 1988, and was ordained a priest in 1989. He holds a bachelor's degree in theology from the “San Pablo” Bolivian Catholic University, and a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the “Antonianum” Pontifical Athenaeum, Rome. He has served in a number of pastoral roles in the Franciscan province of “San Antonio” in Bolivia, including master of philosophy and theology for the temporal professed and vicar of the San Francisco fraternity in Cochabamba; lecturer in ecclesiology and theological anthropology in the “San Pablo” Bolivian Catholic University; provincial definitor; guardian and master of temporal professed for the two year philosophy course at Santa Cruz de la Sierra; president of the ecclesiastical tribunal of first instance in the archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra; and provincial vicar of the “San Antonio” parish. He is currently provincial minister of the “San Antonio” missionary province.

Fr. Saldias Pedraza was born in Buena Vista-La Arboleda, Bolivia in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 2001. He holds a licentiate in theology from the Higher Institute of Theological Studies in Cochabamba. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest and rector of the archdiocesan shrine of “Nuestra Senora de Cotoca”; member of the presbyteral council of the archdiocese of Santa Cruz; provincial vicar of the Domenican vice-province of Bolivia, and rector of the chapel of “Santa Catalina” in the “Virgen del Socavon” parish of Cochabamba. He is currently priest and rector of the Community of the archdiocesan shrine of “Nuestra Senora de Cotoca”, priest of the parish of “Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria”, Paurito, episcopal vicar of the vicariate of Cotoca, and judge of the metropolitan ecclesiastical tribunal of the archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

- appointed Msgr. Marek Zalewski, nunciature advisor, as apostolic nuncio in Zimbabwe, elevating him at the same time to the dignity of archbishop. Msgr. Zalewski was born in Augustow, Poland in 1963 and was ordained a priest in 1989. He has a degree in canon law, and has served in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 1995, in the Pontifical Representations in the Central African Republic, at the United Nations in New York, Great Britain, Germany, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

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