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Vatican City – On September 9, 2021 Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Fr Cristobal Zavala Guevara, of the diocesan clergy of Santa Ana as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in El Salvador for a five-year period .
The new National Director, who takes over Fr. Luis Estefan Turcios Carpano, who died during his second term, was born in Metapan on October 30, 1977 and was ordained a priest on December 6, 2003. He obtained a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome. After his ordination he was assistant parish priest, pasrish priest and military chaplain. In 2013 he was appointed diocesan secretary of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood and Adolescence of his diocese of Santa Ana, and in 2015 National Secretary of the same Society.