Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, on 31 October 2012 appointed rev. Don Samuel Augusto Alvarez, of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Panama as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Panama for the years 2012 to 2017.
The new National Director is 35 years old and has been a priest for 7 years. He is currently pastor of the parish church of Santa Maria Madre de Dios. He is known for his dynamism and capacity to follow and take care of young people. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 15/01/2013)