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Other Pontifical Acts, 20.01.2017

The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Pedro Baquero, S.D.B., as bishop of Kerema (area 34,000, population 160,000, Catholics 26,200, priests 11, religious 24), Papua New Guinea. The bishop-elect was born in Manila, Philippines in 1970 and was ordained a priest in 1999. He studied philosophy in the Don Bosco College in Canlubang, Laguna, and theology in the Don Bosco Study Centre in Paranaque, Manila. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish priest in Lariau, Kerema; advisor to the Salesian Community in Lariau; director of the Salesian School in Lariau; parish priest in Araimiri, Kerema; director of the Salesian School in Araimiri; director of the Gabutu Technical School, Port Moresby; and superior delegate of the Salesians in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. He is currently vice-provincial of the Salesian Province of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.