Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On December 13, 2021 Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Fr. Bento Barros Pereira, of the clergy of the archdiocese of Dili as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in East Timor for a five-year period ( 2021-2026).
The new National Director is 42 years old and has been a priest for 13. Before attending the Seminary he worked as a translator in the UN mission in Timor. After his priestly ordination he was parochial vicar, obtained a master's degree in social communication, was a formator at the major Seminary, a member of the presbyteral Council. He currently teaches in two universities, is director of the communication and radio department of the archdiocese, which collaborates with Timor’s radio and television. He is also a member of the Synod of Bishops and of the Comissao Instaladora da Universidade Catolica Timorense, he is also participating in the documentation for the 80th anniversary of the archdiocese. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 19/1/2022)