March 10, 2021

Statement of Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez Upon Being Named a Member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America by Pope Francis

“With a heart full of joy, I learned that Pope Francis has appointed me to serve as a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

This Commission, which was established by Pius Pope XII on April 21, 1958, and currently under the direction of Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who served as Archbishop of Quebec until being appointed President of this Commission and Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.  

This Commission is made up of bishops from around the world who have been tasked by the Holy Father with studying the Church in Latin America and working to provide it with every possible assistance.  Our brothers and sisters in these countries often face challenges to their faith life that are unimaginable in the United States including extreme poverty, intimidation by organized crime, and lack of transportation.

I express my deep gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence in my ability to provide counsel and serve the best interests of the faithful in Latin America. I look forward to working with the other members of the Commission and ask for your prayers as I embrace this role new role in service to the broader Church.  

May God bless all of you and your Lenten journeys abundantly.”


+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez

Archbishop of Philadelphia

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