Bishop of Gozo Mgr Mario Grech on pastoral visit to Peru
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Bishop of Gozo Mgr. Mario Grech, last Monday started a pastoral visit in Peru, where he met the missionary, Father Raymond Portelli, from Nadur.
The Gozo Diocese said that on Thursday, in the parish of St. Martin de Porres he celebrated Mass together with Mons. Miguel Olaortua Laspra, Bishop of Iquitos, where Father Raymond serves as the Priest, and is celebrating fifty years since its establishment.
During his visit Bishop Grech visited four homes of charity opened and run by Father Raymond, who, the Diocese said, is also a doctor; two homes are for the rehabilitation of people with drug addiction; one is for the homeless; and one for those suffering from Aids.
The Bishop said that one third of the costs needed to run these homes is raised through donations from Gozo.
In the coming days, the Bishop is also expected to visit members of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, who are in Arequipa and Lima. While in Lima he will also meet with members of the Museum with who are carrying out several projects there.