By ZENIT Staff

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of San Luis, Argentina, presented by Bishop Pedro Daniel Martínez Perea.

The Pope has appointed as bishop of San Luis, Argentina, Bishop Gabriel Bernardo Barba of Gregorio de Laferrere.

Bishop Gabriel Bernardo Barba

Bishop Gabriel Bernardo Barba was born in Morón, Buenos Aires, on April 24, 1964. He carried out his primary studies at the San José Marist College of Morón. In 1984 he entered the San José Seminary of Morón, the diocese for which he was ordained a priest on August 12, 1989. After the erection of the diocese of Merlo-Moreno in 1997, he was incardinated there and held the following offices: parish vicar of the San Judas Tadeo (1989) and San Francisco de Asís (1990) parishes; parish administrator (1991-1992) and then parish priest (1995) of Cristo del Perdón (1991-1992); secretary of the Episcopal Vicariate for Youth (1993-1996); chancellor of the diocesan Curia (1997-2005); member of the college of consultors and the presbyteral council (since 2001); prosecutor for the diocesan Judicial Commission (since 1999) and priestly causes (since 2001); director of the Diaconal School and head of formation of permanent deacons (since 2008); vice-president of diocesan Caritas (2004-2009); pro-vicar general (2006); and vicar general and moderator of the Curia (2007-20130).

He has a degree in canon law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.

On December 19, 2013, he was appointed bishop of Gregorio de Laferrere, receiving episcopal ordination on 1 March 2014.

Within the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, he is a member of the Permanent Commission and president of the Episcopal Commission of Social Communications.

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