Fr Giovanni Cefai MSSP has been appointed bishop of the newly set up territorial prelature of Santiago Apóstol de Huancané in Peru, which is part of the archdiocese of Arequipa.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Gozo bishop Mario Grech, and Auxiliary bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi congratulated the bishop-elect and said they would pray for the Lord to help him in his new mission.

Fr Cefai was born in Żebbuġ, Gozo in 1967 and joined the St Paul’s Missionary Society in 1984. He was ordained priest in 1997.

During his priesthood, Fr Cefai served as director of the De Piro Youth Animation Centre in Malta and was parish priest of the parishes of Santa Cruz and San Pablo
Apóstol, both in Arequipa. He was also regional superior of the St Paul Missionary Society in Peru.

The territorial prelature of Santiago Apóstol de Huancané is formed of 20 parishes in which more than 200,000 people, around 85% of whom are Catholic, live.

The territory includes 15 priests spread on 18,000 square kilometres of land, 75 times the size of Malta.

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