Pope appoints Gozitan priest as first bishop of new territorial prelature in Peru
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The Pope has appointed as first bishop prelate of the territorial prelature of Apóstol de Huancané, Peru, the Rev. Fr. Giovanni Cefai, M.S.S.P., fro Zebbug, Gozo.
Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, Bishop Mario Grech and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi, congratulated Rev. Giovanni Cefai M.S.S.P on his appointment announced today by the Vatican.
They said that the Archdiocese of Malta and the Gozo Diocese are united in prayer for the bishop-elect for the Lord to help him in this new mission as a successor of the Apostles.
Fr Cefai is currently pastor of the parish of San Pablo Apóstol in the archdiocese of Arequipa, and regional superior of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul in Peru.
The bishop-elect was born on the 5th of August 1967 in Zebbug, Gozo, gave his solemn vows in 1994, and was ordained a priest in 1997. He holds a licentiate in pastoral theology from the University of Malta.He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including director of the De Piro youth centre in Malta and parish priest of Santa Cruz and currently San Pablo Apóstol in Arequipa, Peru. He is also regional superior of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul in Peru.
The territorial Prelatura of Santiago Apostol de Huancané, is formed of twenty parishes in which just over 200,000 people live, with about 85% of them Catholics.
In the territory, there are fifteen priest spread over eighteen thousand square metres of land.
Just last November, Fr Cefai welcomed Gozo Bishop Mgr Mario Grech Bishop in Peru, when he was on a pastoral visit meeting Gozitan priests across the country who are carrying out missionary activities on behalf of the Church.