Pope Francis has reappointed Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The appointment was relayed to the bishop in a letter from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who heads the dicastery.
The Palawan bishop will serve for a five-year term.
“I am humbled and honored to be appointed for a second term as a member of the Congregation,” said Bishop Mesiona.
Also known as Propaganda Fide, the office is responsible for the Church’s missionary works.
One of the largest curial departments, it is also responsible for the episcopal nominations in mission lands.
Bishop Mesiona, a known missiologist, is currently the chairman of the Commission on Mission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
He also served as national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Philippines before becoming a bishop in 2016.
From 2014 to 2019, he served as a member of the Vatican department for evangelization.