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Pope reappoints Bishop Mesiona to Vatican evangelization office

Pope reappoints Bishop Mesiona to Vatican evangelization office

Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa. COURTESY OF PMS PHILIPPINES

By Katya A. Santos

December 20, 2020

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Pope Francis has reappointed Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa one of the new members of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The appointment was relayed to the bishop in a letter late last month from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who heads the dicastery.

He will serve for a five-year term.

“I am humbled and honored to be appointed for a second term as a member of the Congregation,” Mesiona said.

Also known as Propaganda Fide, the office is responsible for the Church’s missionary works and related activities.

One of the largest curial departments, it is also responsible for the episcopal nominations in mission lands.

Mesiona, a known missiologist, is currently the chairman of the Commission on Mission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

He also served as national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Philippines before becoming a bishop in 2016.

From 2014 to 2019, he served as a member of the Vatican department for evangelization.

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