MANILA - Pope Francis has chosen a Filipino Salesian priest as the new bishop of a diocese in Papua New Guinea.
The Vatican has announced the appointment of Rev. Fr. Pedro Baquero, 46, as the new bishop of Kerema.
The diocese has been without a bishop since April 2013, after the death of its former local ordinary, Bishop Patrick Taval.
Baquero was born in Manila and finished his primary and secondary education with the Salesians in Pampanga.
The Salesians are member of a religious order founded by Saint John Bosco called the Society of St. Francis de Sales.Their mission is to "evangelize and educate young people, especially those who are poor and at risk."
In 1989, the priest entered the Salesian novitiate. He made his first profession the following year and perpetual profession in 1998.
Baquero was ordained a priest in 1999 after completing his theology and philosophy studies in Manila.
The priest then followed the missionary vocation and has worked in Papua New Guinea in various capacities.