Vatican City (Fides Service) - Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples on 25 April 2005 appointed Rev. Benoit Efoévi Penoukou of the clergy of the archdiocese of Lome National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Togo for a five year term (2005-2010).
The new National Director born in 1942 at Koumassi was ordained a priest on 17 May 1970 in Rome by Pope Paul VI. He had attended St Jeanne d’Arc minor seminary in Ouidah (1957/64); studied philosophy at St. Gall major seminary in Ouidah (1964/66) and theology in Rome (1966/70) at the Pontifical Urban University. Since his ordination he has ministered as follows: assistant priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral Lome (1970/72); further studies at Legon in Ghana (1972/76); diocesan and national director of the PMS (1976/85); French speaking Caritas Internationalis co-ordinator for the zone and then all Africa, SCEAM secretary general (1997/2000); further studies in Missionary Sciences at St Paul’s University Ottawa, Canada (2002/2004). (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 28/6/2005 - 14 righe, 176 parole)