Pope Francis on Friday appointed a new bishop to a Diocese in Papua New Guinea. Fr. Pedro Baquero, the 46-year old Philippine-born Superior of the Salesian Vice-province of Papua New Guinea–Solomon Islands, is the new bishop of Kerema. The diocese has been without a bishop since April 29, 2013, after the death of Bishop Patrick Taval.
The Salesian priest was born in Manila (Philippines) on September 15, 1970. After his primary and secondary school with the Salesians Pampanga, he entered the Salesian novitiate in 1989 and made his first profession the following year and perpetual profession in 1998. After completing his philosophy and theology studies in Manila he was ordained a priest in 1999. From the period of his practical training he followed the missionary vocation ad gentes and worked in Papua New Guinea in various capacities. Fr. Pedro served as the Salesian Superior Delegate of Papua New Guinea – Solomon Islands from 2014-2016, until the Salesian jurisdiction was raised to the rank of Salesian Vice-province, of which he was appointed the Superior.