Saturday, December 27, 2008

San Salvador gets a new archbishop

The Vatican has named a new archbishop for San Salvador to replace the retiring Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle. He is José Luis Escobar Alas, the current bishop of San Vicente. The post of Archbishop of San Salvador is the head of the Roman Catholic church in San Salvador, and the holder of the post is influential in this country where the majority of the citizens are Roman Catholic.

The Bishop of San Vicente, Msgr. Jose Luis Escobar Alas, is only 49 years-old. He has had numerous administrative roles and was vicar general of the diocese of San Vicente before being bishop, and has experience as a seminary rector. He has studied in Mexico and at Rome’s Gregorian University, where Oscar Romero studied decades before.

More than two years ago, our friend Carlos X. Colorado prognosticated about possible successors to Saenz Lacalle, and listed Msgr. Escobar Alas as one of five possible candidates.

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