Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Cuban diocese of Pinar del Rio

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias

Pope Francis appointed Juan de Dios Hernández Ruiz as bishop of Pinar del Río on Wednesday after the resignation of Monsignor Jorge Enrique Serpa Pérez, the Vatican press office reported.

“The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the diocese of Pinar del Río (Cuba), presented by S.E. Mons. Jorge Enrique Serpa Pérez,” said the Holy See’s statement.

Hernandez Ruiz, 71 years old and graduated in spiritual theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, was ordained a priest in 1976 and in 2006 he received episcopal ordination. Since February of that year he has served as secretary of the Cuban Episcopal Conference.

The prelate was titular bishop of Passo Corese and auxiliary of the Archdiocese of San Cristóbal de La Habana, where he was in charge of multiple tasks in the pastoral field and in spiritual formation as Master of Novices, Professor and spiritual Director in the Interdiocesan Seminary. to run the spiritual center “Pedro Arrupe”.

He also worked as a priest in the dioceses of Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.


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