The Malta Independent 26 May 2019, Sunday

Pope Francis names Malta-born Bishop Baldacchino to lead Las Cruces diocese

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 15:39 Last update: about 10 days ago

Pope Francis Wednesday appointed Bishop Peter Baldacchino to head the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico – making him the first diocesan bishop associated with the Neocatechumenal Way to serve in a mainland U.S. diocese, The Catholic News Agency reports.

Baldacchino, 58, has been an auxiliary bishop of Miami, Florida, since 2014. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1996.

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He was in Malta, to a family of four children.

The Diocese of Las Cruces was established in 1982. According to 2015 estimates, it has more than 236,600 Catholics, accounting for just over 42% of the area's population.

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